Prayer

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.

Lord, isn’t it strange how much we take for granted: that the sun will rise in the morning and the heavens will continue to send rain? We even take for granted, Lord, such gifts as health, only occasionally reflecting on good health when close friends or family members get sick. Grant us a greater awareness of all these gifts and let us never take any gift for granted. Help us to transform our todays for Your glory and then the tomorrows will take care of themselves. Amen

Gospel

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.”