JAN. 23. ORDINARY TIME (B) WK. 2. SAT. MK. 3. 20-21
Updated: Aug 22
Jesus went home, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.
This short reading informs us of the level of commitment Christ had to his mission of preaching and healing and gaining disciples. This “business” is something that is not conveyed very well in the Gospels, but here we are told of how his commitment to his work was such that his relatives were “convinced he was out of his mind”.
This dedication to his mission is something well worthy of reflection as it illustrates how Christ allowed nothing to take precedence, as he was so aware that he was doing the Fathers Will!
When we look at our own dedication to our mission, as Christians and Catholics; - to bring our lives into conformity with the life of Christ; - and to “Love” both God and neighbour we quickly see there is a huge difference?
Christ’s commitment was “all embracing”, whereas our commitment is a very much “on and off”; - as we have so many other “loves”?
The “missing link” in our lives; - which makes us almost halfhearted in our commitment to our Christian vocation; - is our relationship with God the Father, our Creator!
Christ and the Father were united in a union of intimate love, which was sustained and nurtured by Prayer, while our union with God is very much weakened by a “wandering heart”, with multiple and wide ranging “loves”; - especially ‘love of self’ and ‘love of the world’!
“Jesus went home, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal.” Is it any wonder Christ’s relatives thought he was “out of his mind” as in this reading we are given an insight into Christ’s home, and it was clearly chaos as those around him could not even have their meals in peace?
This is an issue not addressed in the Gospels but it is clearly evident that Christ’s ‘home’ would undoubtedly have been a true “house of chaos” with large numbers of people turning up at all hours?
Christ’s response to these constant disruptions is also easily discerned in that, unlike his extended family, he would have been very welcoming while showing no sign of frustration or annoyance!
And when we look for an explanation for this patient and welcoming approach to these constant visits by numerous people at all hours the answer is very clear; - Christ “loved” them all!
So, the driving force for Christ’s approach to his Mission was “love”; - Love of God and Love of Neighbour! He was “Living the Great Commandment’!
The same commandment he gave to us, his followers!
Gospel Acclamation cf.Ac16:14
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
First reading Hebrews 9:2-3,11-14
He has entered the sanctuary once and for all through his own blood
There was a tent which comprised two compartments: the first, in which the lamp stand, the table and the presentation loaves were kept, was called the Holy Place; then beyond the second veil, an innermost part which was called the Holy of Holies.
But now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God.