“Master we saw a man who is not one of us casting out a devil and because he was not one of us, we tried to stop him…”
In the Gospel for today and in the first reading we see in Jesus and Moses, two teachers and Masters who are not afraid to share their passion with those who are bent on getting rid of evil. When Moses is told that Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp and that he, Moses, should give permission for them to be stopped, Moses replied “If only all the people of Israel were prophets, and the Lord gave his spirit to them all.” And in the Gospel, when John tells Jesus that he and the apostles tried to stop a man from casting out a devil from someone because the man was not one of them, Jesus replied “You must not stop him.”
The message here is that we are to support not hinder anyone who struggles to get rid of evil. This of course is easier said than done, but must be done all the same. Our mission is to do all we can to defeat our enemy the devil. How? By joining forces with all those who may not be disciples of Jesus but who battle against sin, selfishness and crippling fear. Yes, we all have a common enemy, the devil, hence to unite and join forces can only lead to victory.
What are we to do? Commit to promote, and support those we know who may not be one with us but who fight against the devil all the same. We only have to see how the devil divided the church founded by Jesus, the result is a church divided. So here we are praying to the same God, saved by his Son and sanctified by his Holy Spirit. Join the fight against evil and remember, do not stop anyone casting our devils in the name of Jesus.
Fr. Clement Paul.