False Presumptions — Wednesday, 7th Week of Ordinary Time—Year II

Readings: James 4:13-17, Mark 9:38-40

We must be careful not to cling to false presumptions about God’s activity regarding the present or the future. It is prudent to make plans for tomorrow and also good to strive for the reunion of all Christians into Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. However, James warns us not to be presumptuous about our plans (instead of remaining open to God’s will,) while Jesus reminds us that even those who “do not follow us” can ‘perform mighty deeds in his name.’ “Whoever is not against us is for us.” God is never against us, and (unusually) neither are our separated brethren.

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