Date: September 30, 2018
In the reading from Mark’s gospel this week, we find ourselves at the conversation where a John, one of the disciples, has questioned the authority of an outsider, one who was doing good works in Jesus’ name. The answer Jesus offers gives us needed guidance concerning our Christian relationships to other persons in the faith, and in the world.
John as a follower and student, has voiced concern over the ministry of someone who worked outside the mandate that had been given to the disciples. John told Jesus that the group stopped the man from doing such, because he was not one of them. Based on the earlier conversation recorded in this same chapter of Mark, where the disciples were warned about jealously guarding their own turf in the prospective kingdom. Could it be that they were yet shielding their future political aspirations?