All believers should ponder the statement that Jesus makes in today’s gospel, “Whoever is not against you is for you” (Lk. 9:50). We are all called to love the Lord and work to build His kingdom. But despite our good intentions, words and works, the reality of spiritual and psychological immaturity means there will be the ‘for’ and ‘against’ people in our lives. When we are ‘for’ the Lord and each other, there is an increased support in our strengths and weaknesses; greater understanding and collaboration amid varied opinions, and a real desire for all to grow. Those who are ‘against’ allow their pride, prejudice and ego to get in the way. Peace comes to all when authentic love, mercy and kindness is practiced. Lord Jesus, You came to show us that You are ‘for’ us, and desire that we work together to advance Your glory. Help us to be unified by the power of Your love. Amen.