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Daily Gospel Reading - January 22, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Mark 3:20-21

Jesus and His Relatives

20[Jesus] came home. Again [the] crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. 21When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

His relatives set out to seize him

Our families will always be part of us. We hate them and we love them. We leave them and we long for them. We carry them in our lives and our hearts and we sometimes want to drop them. They influence us and we affect them, too. We cannot choose them and we cannot just shrug them off. They give us joy and they bring us pain. The truth is we can only be hurt by people we love and we can only hurt people who love us. If there is no love, there is no hurt; we would not care about what others do.

But the relatives of Jesus must care for him and his family; that is why they want to seize him. They do not understand Jesus. They think he is crazy, preaching all around town and forgetting to eat. Jesus, too, has to deal with his own family.

Let us accept our own families and face our issues. No family is perfect. Each has its flaws. But each has its blessings, too.

Visit your cousins.
Daily Gospel Reading - January 21, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Mk 3:13-19

The Mission of the Twelve

13[Jesus] went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. 14He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach 15and to have authority to drive out demons: 16[he appointed the twelve:] Simon, whom he named Peter; 17James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, 19and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

He appointed twelve that they might be with him. This is our calling, our appointment: to be with Jesus—to learn from him, to draw strength from him, and to know his Father. Then, and only then, can we go forth and preach the good news. The Gospel is not for us to keep and enjoy but for us to share and encourage people to live according to the Word. Finally, we are sent to drive out the demons that enslave men and cause men to dominate others.
All these we will discover if we also know how to go “up the mountain” once in a while. Our mountain may be our own quiet space, our own moment of daily prayer, or our own secluded place of encounter with God. There, “up in the sky,” far from the comforts and siren songs of the world, God confronts us as we are, and our souls can see God.

The Twelve

The number “twelve” has a clear redemptive-historical significance. The people of Israel were formed of the twelve tribes from the twelve sons of Jacob (Ex 1:1). Through the choice of twelve disciples whom he named apostles, Jesus is forming a new community of God. Their relationship to Jesus explains their existence and their authority. Being with Jesus qualifies the Twelve to bear witness to him and to participate in his mission to proclaim the Good News.

After a week of work, drop by the church today to pray quietly.

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