- Monday, 26 September 2016 -
Monday of the Twenty-sixth week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:46-50.

An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side
and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest."
Then John said in reply, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company."
Jesus said to him, "Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you."
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Saint John Cassian
“ Learn from me” (Mt 11,29)

These men who were great in faith took no credit for themselves for being able to perform such marvels, because they acknowledged that they accomplished them not by their own virtuousness but by the Lord's mercy, and with the words of the apostles they rejected the human glory that arose from admiration for their miracles: 'Men brothers, why do you marvel at this, or why do you look at us if we had made this man walk by our own power or holiness?' They considered that a person should not be praised for God's and marvels... For there are many people, as has already been said before, who are corrupt in mind and reprobate in faith but who cast out demons and work mighty deeds in the name of the Lord. It is true that when the apostles were talking about these and saying: “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us,” Christ replied to them at the time: “Do not forbid him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” Nonetheless, to those who say: “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty deeds in your name?” it is testified that he will reply: “I never knew you. Depart from me, you workers of wickedness” (Mt 7,22).

Conferences, no.15, 6-7 (©Ancient Christian Writers; SC 54, p. 216)