All of us not only want to belong but need to belong, to a family, a church, an organisation, a club and so forth. Belonging can help us grow and blossom, becoming the people God wants us to be. However, belonging can also bring divisions, an ‘us and them’, or perhaps an ‘us versus them’ mentality. We only have to look at the rivalry between fans of different football clubs, especially if they are in the same town. This ‘us and them’ situation is found in both the first reading and the gospel passage chosen for today. Both Joshua in the Book of Numbers and the apostle John in the Gospel want to limit God’s action in the world by determining who could prophesy (Joshua) or cast out demons (John). As a Church we have sometimes in the past given the impression that we have a monopoly on doing good when as Christians we are invited we should see Christ’s presence in every good action no matter who performs it. Doing this will mean that we take seriously Jesus’ words in today’s gospel, ‘Those who are not against us are for us.’
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Go gently, Fr Bernard
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