Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Inclusive Church

Happy Autumnal Equinox!  A time for change.
I've read that some Catholics object to Pope Francis' meeting with certain groups.
"John said to Jesus, 'Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.'  But Jesus said: 'Do not forbid him....For whoever is not against us is for us.' (Mark 9:38-40)"
Notice John says "he does not follow us."  John sees the disciples as an exclusive group.  Is it the group of disciples with whom the stranger has a problem?  It must not be Jesus because he is casting out devils in the name of Jesus.  What is it about the disciples that puts off the stranger? 
The passage challenges us to ask ourselves what is it about us Catholics and our leaders that keeps people from joining us, even though they believe in Jesus.  Perhaps we have been concentrating too much on who must be excluded.  Pope Francis represents a more inclusive Church.

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