This Sundays Gospel reading is from Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48.
What jumped out at me straight away when reading this Gospel this morning was the the beginning of the passage:
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” (Mar 9:38 RSV)
It was not necessary a pleasant experience… it was not because I thought John did it because he thought the man did something evil, something wrong and wanted to stop him for that reason. No, it was because I felt that it might be a challenge to me on the address of jealousy. Not in John’s reaction, as we don’t know why he tried to stop the man, but in my own encounter with the Word of God.