27 Sep Luke 9:49-50 (No room for Pride in God’s work)
Posted on Monday 27 September, 2010
Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50 (full readings)
Rich’s Thoughts: The apostles of Jesus struggled with pride. In their pride, the apostles imagined that they had the exclusive commission to cast out demons (Luke 9:1). The bickering amongst themselves about who was the greatest (Luke 9:46) was just a symptom of their insecurity that required them to degrade or hinder anyone who seemed to be their equal. Pride can make us resent others, especially in their success. This resentment stems from a problem of perception. We need to see that our successes are not our own, but are for the glory of God; and as God’s children, we are all unified in His work of love.
Faith Challenge: Pray about your feelings of jealousy and have peace in knowing that all blessings are for the glory of God.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. Peters family (JP), Rich Reich (cousin Tom cancer), Helene Couchon (Molly Barber’s health).
* Leslee/Allen Unruh (son Cash’s home burned down, grandbaby Pierce’s brain surgery Friday)
Feast Day: Saint Vincent de Paul was a Roman Catholic priest who helped found many charitable organizations, including the Daughters of Charity and the Lazarists.
Faith Quote: “The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. ” – St. Vincent de Paul
Through Christ our Lord,