10th Sunday of Ordinary Time | Year B
Mark 3: 20 - 35
Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”
So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”
He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
In today’s gospel some people challenge Jesus about his ministry. Why did Jesus compare his own family to the people around him?
Jesus’ words prompt us to consider the relationship between a family and what it means to know and do God’s will. When we come to Mass we see that we are all different but we all belong. As followers of Jesus we try to see everyone as family.
Next Sunday, we mark Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants. What better time to consider the words of today's gospel as we prepare to take the opportunity to share stories of welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating.
“Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”
Pope Francis, 2018, Message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2018