In last week’s Gospel we heard how serving others is an important part of our Christian faith and this week we will continue with the theme of service. This week we will hear how the Disciples became concerned when they saw ‘others’ doing what they thought was God’s work. Surely only Jesus direct followers could help with His ministry? Of course, Jesus told them that this was wrong – anyone who does a good deed, even if they are not His followers, is to be appreciated. Indeed, if a cup of water is received in God’s name, then God’s blessing will be upon the giver – whatever their background.
So, this week, as we listen to the Gospel, we should take the time not only to think of our own service and good deeds but also our wider community. We are part of a diverse world where people of all faiths (and none) need to work and live together; our job as Christians is not only to act in faith but also to encourage others (whatever their background) – accepting and rejoicing in another’s goodness is just as much an act of God as when we do good deeds ourselves. Let us walk together in Christ, encouraging and accepting all those in our community and beyond.
Mark 9:38-41 (ESV)
Anyone Not Against Us, Is For Us
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.