Our readings this week offer a message to those in leadership. In both our first reading and the Gospel, disciples and those loyal to Moses and to Jesus are worried because other people, unknown to them, are preaching in their name.
Their intentions are quite good – they want to safeguard the distinct identity and prerogatives of their group. The disciples are not denying that a nonmember can cast out demons or preach prophetically, but they do not want that person doing so using Jesus name.
It is the same thing we see all the day in professional environments today – you cannot use a name or brand without permission. These laws protect the integrity of the work and ensure one has control over it.
But neither Moses or Jesus agree with this. So long as they are not against us, they are for us and free to use the name. This is the remarkable authority we have all been given through Baptism. However, harsh consequences are laid out if you use the name of Jesus to lead others to sin.
So what are the lessons for us today? Tune in to find out.
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