Gospel: Mk 9:38-40
John said to him, “Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him, because he does not belong to our group.” Jesus answered, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”
You have no idea what tomorrow will bring James compares human life to a mist that only appears momentarily. In our youth we think we possess our lives and that life is endless, so we go about establishing our kingdoms. But as we age and deteriorate, we confront our mortality. Some rage against our contingency by exerting every effort to perpetuate themselves or their memory. Others fall into despair or cynicism, thinking nothing ultimately matters. We pray to be grateful for every moment of our limited years and surrender our lives to the Giver of Life who will ultimately draw us into his eternity.
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