Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
September 28, 2020
Daily Reading from the USCCB: Luke 9:46-50
There are two issues here. The first is the disciples’ quarreling over who was the greatest among them. The other is the man who was casting out demons in Jesus’ name although he didn’t belong to Jesus’ group.
Jesus responds that the criterion of greatness in the apostolic group is childlike dependence on the Lord. The greatest is the one who is the most dependent. As regards the unauthorized exorcist, Jesus says leave him alone. You don’t have to have special authorization to do good.
At some time or other we all seek some degree of standing in the community of faith. At least we want to be recognized as belonging. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we acknowledge that that requires being unimportant.