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Friends, today in the Gospel, John complains to Jesus that someone not of their group was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus responds, “Do not prevent him. . . . Whoever is not against us is for us.” What a wonderful, generous attitude! 

John was undoubtedly angry that someone outside of their little circle was going to get credit. If you think that this sort of thing only happened in biblical times, you haven’t spent too much time around the Church! I’m a proud churchman, and I love and admire all of the great people who do so much for Christ’s kingdom, and for very little compensation. But I’ve also been around long enough to see this problem on parish staffs, in diocesan offices, within rectories, and among parish communities. We get so tied up in our little games and protecting our turf and making sure things go according to the bureaucratic structures that we have established that we forget what the mission is about.

What Jesus saw was that the mission is what matters. Bringing God’s love to the world, being a conduit of grace: that’s what matters. All of our personal glory, position, privilege—all of that is finally a matter of indifference. 

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

7th week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday

May 22

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Tuesday

May 21

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Monday

May 20

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Sunday

May 19

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Pentecost

7th week of Easter

Saturday

May 18

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Friday

May 17

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Thursday

May 16

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Wednesday

May 15

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Tuesday

May 14

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Monday

May 13

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Sunday

May 12

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6th week of Easter

Saturday

May 11

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Friday

May 10

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Thursday

May 9

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Ascension

Wednesday

May 8

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Tuesday

May 7

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5th week of Easter

Saturday

May 4

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Thursday

May 2

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Wednesday

May 1

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Tuesday

April 30

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Monday

April 29

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Sunday

April 28

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4th week of Easter

Saturday

April 27

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Friday

April 26

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Thursday

April 25

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Wednesday

April 24

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Tuesday

April 23

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Monday

April 22

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Sunday

April 21

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3rd week of Easter

Saturday

April 20

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Friday

April 19

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Thursday

April 18

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Wednesday

April 17

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Tuesday

April 16

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Monday

April 15

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Sunday

April 14

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2nd week of Easter

Saturday

April 13

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Friday

April 12

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Thursday

April 11

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Wednesday

April 10

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Tuesday

April 9

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Monday

April 8

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Annunciation

Sunday

April 7

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Easter Octave

Saturday

April 6

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Friday

April 5

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