The gospel has always been a challenge, not only because it humbles the powerful by "casting down the mighty in their arrogance" but also because it welcomes the outsider and affirms whatever can be affirmed in common with him in the hope that grace will be able to build on that and bring those in partial union to full union.
Case in point:
John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.” (Lk 9:49–50).
John had definite ideas of who was in and out. Jesus blew them to pieces by pointing out that just because somebody was not...READ MORE