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1 I September 27, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I, Commentary  Maas Readings Gospel Commentary for Sunday, Sept. 29, 1991, Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 The apostle John informs Jesus that he and the other disciples recently saw a man who was not a disciple of Jesus performing exorcisms in Jesus' name, "and we forbade him to do so because he is not one of us who follow you." Jesus says: "Don't forbid him. Whoever does some great work in my name cannot thereafter speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us." Just why Mark inserts this strange little story at this point is uncertain It is possible that he uses it to illustrate a preceding statement that a disciple of Jesus is a servant of all. A disciple-servant can- not object when someone serves his master, oven though he may do so in some way not quite ac- Cording to custom or rules. Does Mark see in his Church community a tendency toward exclusive- ness, narrow-mindedness, hostility toward out- siders? Does this little story have meaning for our OWn time? We may see here a warning to individu- als and very zealous groups in our own faith com- munity who are quick to condemn anyone dis- agreeing with their sometimes truncated or Underdeveloped view of Catholic-Christian arti- cles of faith. One frequently hears from such indi- Viduals and groups hasty condemnation of anyone who disagrees with them as heretics and dis- Yeltsin Continued from page 1 the _ .equipment onto a truck ad took it to the Russian laprliament building under llitarv escort Ouartemont Said.  ' "" The station, with a jury- ri.gg ed antenna, was connect- e d , h !ust as Yeltsin arrived at arliament after reportedly S, Caping arrest by the KGB at lShome. He went on the air, Sklng citizens to rally out- Visiting Nurse Plus offers companion Caregiving for comfort, Care and peace of mind. A little help can raake a big difference. An exorcist not of our group: Scandal of little ones senters from official Church teaching. Quoting from ancient documents they hurl anathemas at those they deem to be enemies of true religion as understood by themselves. To them Jesus would say: "He that is not against us is for us." On an- other occasion James and John wanted to call fire from heaven upon opponents of Jesus. He re- buked these overly zealous and fanatical disci- ples. The story of the outsider-exorcist has mean- ing also beyond our own Catholic-Christian com- munity. The statement of Jesus, "He who is not against us is for us," is an important foundation for relationships of acceptance between the vari- ous Christian Churches. There is an Old Testament story about a king who was determined to reunite the north- ern and southern kingdoms of Israel and Judah. They had been one kingdom under David and Solomon. The Lord sent a prophet to this king saying: "Leave it alone. This is my doing." The two kingdoms were to remain separate. Some- times they even learned to trust each other and unite against common enemies. The separation of those kingdoms, just as the separation of the ChristianChurches, seems to have been a correc- tion willed by God. The two kingdoms even learned to work together against common ene- mies and so must the churches. "They who are not against us are for us." Mark clarifies this statement even more side the Parliament building and resist the coup. Christian leaders seconded the dramatic appeal, urging the faithful to bring religious icons to the demonstration. Tens of thousands eventually assembled at the site, build- ing barricades and forming a human shield that helped turn back a possible military attack on Parliament. "'Once he got on the radio, Yeltsin was able to stir the .THE UNION BANK Fixed Rates For- arm Life Insurance Uaranteed For Ten Years 'l' low premiums will remain level for 10 years. $100,000 Fs Amount Age M Female NonsrnokefeleSmoker Nonsmoker Smoker 30 $161 $ 252 $120 $184 4O 205 406 168 340 so 390 820 266 567 so 790 1,606 459 965 Collt Per $1,000 decreases at higher levels of protection For itional information clip and return the coupon below. p--. , I I I a,m. p.m. eLt 1"ne 'To Call ! Smoker THE ARTHEL 5 A FULL SERVICE BANK Member F.O,|.C. 295-2624 HWY50 LOOGOOTEE, n) 101 Court Suite 211 Evansville, IN 47708 CALL: 42.3-7716 or 1-800-879-5506 when he adds a saying of Jesus: "Whoever gives a cup of cold water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his re- ward." In other words, good works done in the name of Jesus, even by those with whom we dis- agree in opinion or even in doctrine are accept- able to God. Not only are the good works accept- able to God, but so are those who do those good works. Can we be any less accepting than our Fa- ther? After this Mark strings together various strong warnings of Jesus against those who cause scandal to "the little ones." These "little ones" are not the little children in the Christian com- munity. They are the ordinary people.who con- stitute the Christian community, the People of God. The connection with the story of the exor- cist may be that a vehement and violent re- sponse to someone "who does not follow with us" causes scandal to the ordinary members of the Church. With strong comparisons Mark in- sists it is better to allow and accept something less than whole, rather than to cause scandal. As a saintly bishop has said when asked why he did not interfere with certain infringements of Church discipline: "I have learned to let things be." In this Christ-like response there is great wisdom. Other readings for Sunday, Sept. 29: Num- bers 11:25-29; James 5:1-6 I i people up. Later, he wanted to give the Christian commu- nity credit -- really, for sav- ing the Soviet Union, to be simplistic about it," said Quartemont. The station kept broadcast- ing throughout the crisis, giv- ing the microphone to a pro- perestroika lineup of opposition leaders, church- men and Russian officials. In mid-September, long after coup leaders were arrested and communism had fallen, the station was still transmit- ting. "'It's an ongoing miracle k that a Christian station should be broadcasting from the top floor of the Russian Parliament," Quartemont said. The station will move sometime soon to new quar- ters, once work on the anten- na is completed. Yeltsin's advisers later phoned the radio's sponsors in the Netherlands to say thank you and to volunteer the Russian leader's assis- tance in future projects. Yeltsin's offer was accepted quickly. As a result, on Oct. 13 the Fatima Mass is scheduled to be shown live throughout the Russian republic, according to Catholic Radio Television Network director Jose Cortes, who also spoke by telephone Sept. 23. Among the concele- brants will be Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Moscow, who will lead a pil- grimage from Russia, Correa said. Fatima marks the place where Mary is said to have appeared to three Portuguese children in 1917, the year of the Russian revolution. The events at Fatima later gave rise to a prayer campaign di- rected at the conversion of Russia, and this significance will be explained to Russian viewers, Correa said. Oct. 13 is the anniversary of the last of six reported Marian apparitions at Fatima. The Witnessing to God's Love foundation is financed by Dutch Catholic millionaire Piet Derksen, who has funded a number of Catholic media and evangelization projects in recent years. The other spon- soring agency of Catholic Radio Television Network is Aid to the Church in Need, a German-based organization. Bishop to speak at Church Women United conference Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- zation. Anna May Williams, a a.m., to be followed by Bish- ger will speak on the role of women in society and the church, at the Fall Confer- ence of Church Women Unit- ed. The conference will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church on Monday, Oct. 14. Church Women United is a group of women from many different religious denomina- tions who meet for prayer, study and service. Francile McGary is presi- dent of the Evansville organi- In Store Bakery & Dell 200 S. E. 21st. St. & Hwy. 50 East. member of Holy Redeemer Church, is the vice-president. All women are invited to the conference. A worship service is scheduled at 10 op Gettelfinger's presenta- tion. A soup and salad lun- cheon will be served at noon. The cost for the day is $4. 'Rooted in Families - Nourished in Faith' Father David Fleck, dioce- san director of vocations and pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City, recent- ly attended the annual con- vention of vocations directors at Denver, Colo. The theme of the confer- ence was, "Vocations: Rooted in Families -- Nourished in Faith," David Thomas, Ph.D., ad- dressed the convention on "Family Life in the United States -- the Catholic Experi- ence. Thomas discussed the changing historical, cultural and sociological patterns of Catholic family life in Ameri- ca. Among the speakers at the conference was Bishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., of Memphis, who entitled his talk, "The Program of Priestly Formation  A Discussion." Bishop Buechlein, a native of southwestern Indiana, is the chairperson of the com- mittee which is revising a vo- cations document to be pub- lished by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops ......................