Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Every person is made in the image and likeness of God. Also, every person has been given a set of gifts that are given to them for the benefit of the others. So why is it then that we think we have a right to block others from using their God given gifts? Have you ever heard someone say to another disciple, I would not minister in that manner? There are of course many valid reasons to draw limits. However, the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.
It is with that in mind that we encounter the disciples in today’s gospel busy trying to tell others that they have no right to minister in Jesus’ name. What is the motivation for their trying to prevent the actions of others? What are our motives when we try to deny others the possibility of ministering? Do we tell ourselves a story that affirms our motives and our actions toward others?
Listen to the disciples’ words, “we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mk 9:38) The disciples were the ones in this story who wanted to be in charge, who wanted to be followed. Who do we follow? Who do we want to follow us? Why? And yet their speaking did not seem to include Jesus. Jesus is the one to be followed. As the Church is encounter with Christ they too are to be followed in that they lead beyond themselves to Jesus.
It is the first reading from Sirach that suggests how we are to follow. We must seek and love wisdom. Wisdom must dwell in us as we serve the Lord and one another. Wisdom also teaches us that even through the trials; if we stay faithful to her she will bring us back to happiness.
Lord, You are our light and our life. Help us this day to love You in all of the ways we think, talk and act. Then our lives will model for all that we follow You who lives and reigns One God, forever and ever. Amen!