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In the name of Jesus




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In the name of Jesus (Mark 9, 38-40)

chasser les démons -Master, said John to Jesus, we saw a man who does not follow in our company casting out devils in your name and we forbade him to do it. 

Jesus answered:
-Forbid him no more; no one who does a miracle in my name will lightly speak evil of me . A man who is not against us is on our side.
Stay between us. Who is not in our company is not well seen, whatever he does or whatever he says. He has not the right to do like us, we have to forbid him. What is going on, what will be left for us if anybody takes over our values and our way of doing things? John, one of the twelve apostles, had an understandable reaction in seeing this man casting out devils in the name of Jesus. Only them can do these miracles. No way would they share their knowledge and their power with unknown persons, with foreigners. But Jesus does not want to be locked up in the small group of the Twelve. The Twelve are not the owner of Jesus.
Nobody can make own of Jesus: neither the group of baptized people, nor the Roman Catholics. Jesus belongs to everybody.  tout le monde
He came for all and not for a few. Not willing to be monopolized, he let himself be questioned by foreigners, sinners, and women: Zachea the dishonest tax collector, the Channahon woman who is only asking for crumbs, the adultery woman whom he does not condemn, the Roman Centurion the faith of whom moves him… He saw in these men and women that they are children of God, children of Abraham as well as his Jewish brothers, faithful observers of the Law. Thanks to their intervention in his life, the mission of Jesus widened and went out of a close circle.
Perhaps also, John thought that, being used by persons considered as opposing to Jesus followers, the name of Jesus was altered? Proclaiming the name of Jesus, it is proclaiming the Good News: limpers are walking, deaf persons are hearing, the blind are seeing, the devils are cast out… Also this Good News is offered to all and not reserved for some. It is its propagation, which is important whatever the way of its diffusion is. Forbid them no more, says Jesus. In fact does the Good News do something else than to liberate people from their inner devils in which they are closed-in: uncontrolled impulses, phobia, anguish…? There the essential is: make them standing up to allow them to be reinserted into the social tissue. It is the result that counts. Even if it is in a confused way, this man seems to think that the name of Jesus is efficient to accomplish his healing process, for that he follows the wish of God. He is on our side Jesus notes.
parole d'évangile Rejoice to see the words of the Gospel becoming vernacular expressions; rejoice to see the Christian rites integrated into the social life like Christmas for instance. 
Rejoice to see the Catholic liturgies transformed by other cultures. Rejoice to see the care for the poor by the humanitarian organizations. Rejoice for the progress of science that contributes to the improvement of human life. Rejoice to see humanity more and more concerned about the fragility of our planet.
Sure the Christians do not own any more these values and they dangerously seem altered. It is the obligatory counterpart of the wide diffusion of the Good News of which nobody is the master. Only the results have to be examined. One recognizes a tree to its fruits. If the fruits are those of liberation, of healing, of progress of humanity, then rejoice because who is not against us is for us.