Gospel Mark 3:20-35
Jesus came home with his disciples.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
for they said, "He is out of his mind."
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said,
"He is possessed by Beelzebul,"
and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
"How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself
and is divided, he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder the house.
Amen, I say to you,
all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin."
For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
His mother and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
"Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you."
But he said to them in reply,
"Who are my mother and my brothers?"
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
"Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother."
+ Come Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, open my heart to the Truth. Amen
1st point: "Jesus came home with his disciples." What a tender thought. That Jesus came "home" and he brought his friends, those closest to him. That he had a 'home' to come to, what an image. What did that feel like? For the Son of Man to come home and have a place to lay his head, and to know he was loved and received. The passage goes on to say that crowds followed him again and then comes the very distressful words; "When his relatives heard this, they set out to seize him, for they said he is out of his mind." Even here, even in his home, he is not fully known, and understood. What a tremendous poverty. The more remarkable thing is his response to the scribes he calls them close and teaches them. What a lesson for us.
2nd point: "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother." What beautiful words Jesus speaks to us, He has just told us how to become "one of the family", the family of God and how to remain in the close intimate familial relationship. Doing the will of God brings us into an intimate relationship with Jesus and therefore, with our Heavenly Father. In a natural sense, what makes us a brother or sister, mother or father? Genetics and lineage? Perhaps we have an even broader 'expanse of love' and we can adopt others into our heart and then we love them, as a brother or sister, father or mother. But with God, it is something entirely unrelated to genetics or lineage, unrelated to feelings or experiences. What makes us a brother or sister, is a disposition of heart, a heart set on doing the will of God and doing it with love, this willful choosing-this makes us one with Christ as his own sister or brother, because the heart of Christ is set upon pleasing the Father, and doing the Father's will.
Prayer: Lord Jesus set my heart on you, never let me be separated from you. Let me know you and let me know myself in you, who are Truth. Amen