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Luke 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Jesus speaks up against exactly this kind of partisanship in today’s reading. Jesus doesn’t take sides—although he clearly has preferences. He is not against the powerful—unless they do wrong. Instead, he is for mercy, justice, righteousness, healing, wholeness, and fair treatment for all God’s people. I imagine Jesus is thrilled that yet another of God’s children is embracing our innate power to do good in the world.
MOVING FORWARD: How is Jesus calling you to embrace your innate power for something rather than against? What will you choose?