For or Against Pentecost 18, Mark 9:38-50 Seems like the ones who were closest to him wanted to claim rights to his name. Keep him exclusive to their chosen few: came to complain, sought to restrain someone unlicensed who heals in his name: not been approved should be removed. Maverick exorcist they wanted stopped! Jesus said, “No! Let his work flow! Power in my name is connected to me, for not against. Don’t keep me fenced! Acts of compassion all represent God, bringing reward. No need to hoard!” “Those who abuse any little one’s trust – better to be thrown in the sea; better to choose to be maimed, lame or blind: salt that tastes bland tossed on the sand.” Do not attempt to raise walls that divide! Grace is unchecked, boxes are wrecked. Labels are useless and barriers breached. Jesus the Word makes himself heard in every language and through every faith. Love is the test God applies best. Think you know who should be in and who’s out? All who are for come through Christ’s door.