Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (26th September, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saints Cosmas and Damian, Mm., Opt Mem)

Job 1:6-22;
Ps 16:1-3.6-7. (R. v.6);
Lk 9:46-50.
Topic: Inclusive discipleship.
Jesus reacted to His disciples’ argument about who was the greatest among them by putting a little child beside Him and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.” John reported how they tried to stop an exorcist who was not one of them from using Jesus’ name. But Jesus replied, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.”
We sometimes behave as if we have exclusive right over Jesus just as the disciples did in today’s gospel. However, we have one God, one Father and one Saviour, cf. Mal 2:10,15; 1Cor 8:6; Eph 4:6; Titus 1:4. Nobody is too bad for repentance. Jesus made us understand that God is so much after the people we have written off, cf. Matt 9:10-13.
Jesus “is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1Jn 2:2). What we need from ourselves is every form of assistance that will get each and every one of us closer to Jesus. We ought to help Jesus gather all as He prayed, cf. Jn 17:11, 22.
Bible Reading: Mal 2:10-17.
Thought for today: Jesus is not anybody’s personal property.
Let us pray: May God help us to gather ourselves together – Amen.

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