Proper 5 – Year B
1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20; Psalm 138; (or Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130); 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” – Richard Bach
No one would ever accuse Mary and the kids of not having family values. After all, they are the Holy Family. However, in today’s Gospel we have a conflict of values. Jesus’ mother and his brothers and sisters are convinced that he is out of his mind and needs to be restrained (Mark 3:21). Maybe their hearts were in the right place, but did Jesus break Mary’s heart? Jesus’ family could not get into the house to take him away to a secure location because of the crowd. Then Jesus says, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:33-35) Ouch! Is Jesus declaring a replacement family? When Jesus was a baby Simeon told Mary that a sword would pierce her soul because of Jesus (Luke 2:35). Certainly, the crucifixion was the most piercing for Mary. But was today’s seeming rejection also a heart breaker? What’s going on here? Was Jesus really out of his mind and needing an intervention? Or was he so amazing that he was beyond most peoples’ minds (see Greek below)? Rather than out of his mind, was he far beyond and out of the reach of our puny minds? What if we were to follow the Spirit and be so amazing? Would our family and friends try to have us committed to a safe place? This is probably not a problem because usually we settle for mediocrity. Maybe that is our sin against the Holy Spirit that Jesus speaks of (Mark 3:29). Let us be our true selves and risk being thought crazy. Let’s join the family.
Mark 3:21 speaks of Jesus being “out of his mind.” That is a good translation from the Greek word. However, the root meaning of the word is very interesting. It means to be amazed. Jesus was perceptive enough to be amazed by life. We cannot be amazing without the capacity to be amazed. How many amazing people have been thought insane?
The flower blossoms.
Oh, so amazingly bright.
Crazy! So am I.