Word of the day

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Reading of the day

JAS 4:13-17

Come now, you who say,
"Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,
spend a year there doing business, and make a profit"–
you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.
Instead you should say,
"If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that."
But now you are boasting in your arrogance.
All such boasting is evil.
So for one who knows the right thing to do
and does not do it, it is a sin.

Gospel of the day

MK 9:38-40

John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us."

Words of the Holy Father

The Lord created us in his image, and if He does good, let all of us keep this commandment in our heart: do good and do not do evil. Everyone. The Lord redeemed everyone with Christ’s blood, everyone, not only Catholics. Everyone. And atheists? They too. It is this blood that makes us children of God. The idea that we cannot all do good is a form of closedness, “a barrier”, that leads us to war, and to killing in God’s name. We cannot kill in God’s name. Indeed, even saying that one can kill in God’s name is blasphemy. (Santa Marta, May 22, 2013)