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Wednesday, February 26th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 9:38-40.


Wednesday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

26 FEBRUARY 2014

“For whoever is not against us is for us.”

APOSPEL GO OUT

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9:38-40.

John said to Jesus, «Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.»
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed
in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us

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Wednesday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Pope Francis

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General Audience of 12/06/2013 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

Will he go with us?

Today I would like to reflect on another term by which the Second Vatican Council defined the Church: “People of God”… What does “People of God” mean? First of all it means that God does not belong in a special way to any one people; for it is He who calls us, convokes us, invites us to be part of his people, and this invitation is addressed to all, without distinction, for the mercy of God “desires all men to be saved” (1 Tim 2,4).

Jesus does not tell the Apostles or us to form an exclusive group, a group of the elite. Jesus says: go out and make disciples of all people (Mt 28,19). St Paul says that in the People of God, in the Church, “there is neither Jew nor Greek… for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3,28). I would also like to say to anyone who feels far away from God and the Church, to anyone who is timid or indifferent, to those who think they can no longer change: the Lord calls you too to become part in his people and he does this with great respect and love! He invites us to be part of this people, the People of God!

How does one become a member of this people? It is not through physical birth, but through a new birth. In the Gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus that he needs to be born from on high, from water and from the Spirit in order to enter the Kingdom of God (Jn 3,3-5). It is through Baptism that we are introduced into this people, through faith in Christ, a gift from God that must be nourished and cultivated throughout our life. Let us ask ourselves: how do I make this faith that I received in my Baptism grow? How do I make this faith that I received and that belongs to the People of God grow?

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