by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 09/22/2015

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Cycle – B


“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mk 9:38)




Jesus wasn’t pleased with John’s complaint. “Don’t stop him, if he not against us, he is for us.” “My dear disciples, you are demonstrating a group mentality. Like a river which branches off in many directions, perhaps the “selfies” branch flows into a “groupies” branch. Each has its good points and its dangers.

Why the “selfie craze”?

Perhaps it was a phase of affirmation toted by psychologists as a means of a child’s growth and self esteem.

Maybe it’s plain old pride.

Then again, could it be a true time of maturation?


What are some things we might think about groupies?

Are they the age old heritage of family?

“No,” you say; “they are a bunch of snobs, the elite!”

Maybe they are just a group of like thinkers and doers.

They are terrorists! They are the enemy! They aren’t in our group.


If a person is not an enemy, that person is an ally.

In unity there is strength.

Lord, make me a mender, not a defender who divides and creates chaos. Amen

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why did the John report the prophets, who seemed to be doing good things?
  2. Where do you learn that your group is better than another group?
  3. Who have been the teachers of judgmentalism in your life? As a result, have you taught others to be judgmental and perhaps prejudiced?
  4. How does the response of Jesus’ words differ from those of his disciples?
  5. What is the basis of Jesus’ words, “Don’t stop them?”
  6. Who has been a blessing in your life?
  7. From Mark’s gospel what lessons have you learned about judging others?

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