The disciple John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him.”
Jesus replied, “Do not stop him because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able … to say anything ill about me. For whoever is not against us is for us”. (Mark 9:38-40)
I suspect many workers, on hearing that someone else was quietly helping them to complete their daily chores, would be delighted!
Likewise, Jesus was very happy to hear that others were spreading his Good News.
[Note: We all have the ability and responsibility to spread Jesus’ message. Indeed, we will do so today whether we plan to or not! Others take notice of how we behave in both public and private. Our religion is more than just a curiosity to children, believers, non-believers and the lost. It’s predictable, they will watch us today and copy us tomorrow.]
Lord Jesus, help me to walk your ways and leave a lasting footprint that my brothers and sisters will aspire to.
Prayer: An Invitation (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
O God, help me to fully accept your invite,
and concentrate only on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness but with you there is light.
I am lonely but you do not leave me.
I am feeble in heart but with you there is help.
I am restless but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness but with you there is patience.
I do not understand your ways but you know mine.
O God, restore me to liberty,
and enable me so to live now
that I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
may your name be praised forever.