“You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in My Name is likely to speak evil of Me. Anyone who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9: 39-40)
To the complaint of John: “Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devil in your name and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him”, Jesus gave this very mild response: “You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in My Name is likely to speak evil of Me. Anyone who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9: 39-40). “Do not stop them!” is a caution against all forms of suppression and intimidation on the one hand, and an invitation to tolerance, acceptance, openness, freedom and self-expression on the other. Jesus is emphatic on the fact that no one has the prerogative of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit blows where He wills and uses whoever He chooses to carry out His mission(s). There could be many perspectives to interpreting or applying these cautions, but it is germane for us to turn to ourselves and ask: in what ways have I stopped the work of the Holy Spirit in my life? How have I used my gifts for the service of others? Have I in any way suppressed the power of the Holy Spirit in me? Have I by my actions or inaction prevented others from putting their talents to use?