Mark 3:19b, 20-21
Then he went home; 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, "He is beside himself."
The opposition doesn’t come from outside, it comes from the family of Jesus. Though strange, it is the actuality of our society. Our own people misunderstand us and reject us. It is important to look at Jesus on such occasions and learn from Him, how to act upon. The more we take a distance from such events, the more will be able to look at the situation with a different out-look and we will learn a lot from them, and in due time we will be able to discover, how much our participation in such events is.
It is not a sin to be different, but our difference should have some evangelical value to support as a foundation and reason for such act. Jesus was motivated by the desire to accomplish the will of the Father. If this evangelical value is not the foundation and supportive element of our action, it may allow the ego and self-pride to overtake even our good will and intention.
It is however important that we in our daily life give lot of attention of such exclusion and rejection of good people who are different from others. They need our support and good will, because they do good works. If we don’t support such people, we may participate with the larger community, by our mere silence. Let’s not be spectators, rather actors, actors according to the will of the Father.
«He is out of his mind»
Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, we see how Jesus' own relatives react «He is out of his mind» (Mk 3:21). Once again, the old proverb «only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor» (Mt 13:57), is seen to be true. It is unnecessary to say this complaint does not “taint” the Blessed Virgin Mary, because from the beginning to the last moment —when she was at the foot of the Cross— she always kept her unmovable faith and trust towards her Son.
But, what about us? Let us consider! How many, amongst our neighbors, or those closer to us, can we say light up our lives..., and what about us...? We do not have to go far: let us consider the Holy Father John Paul II: how many people followed him, and..., how many did not hesitate to accuse him of being an “stubborn old person”, jealous of his “power”? Is it possible that after two thousand years we still keep Jesus crucified on the cross for our salvation while we onlookers continually say «come down from the Cross so we may see and believe» (cf. Mk 15:32)?
Let us look at it another way! If we valiantly identify ourselves with Christ, our presence will not be neutral for those interacting with us for reasons of kinship, work, etc. What is more, for some, our presence will be a pain in the neck, because we shall be like a reminder for their conscience. We can be certain: «If they persecuted Me they will persecute you...» (Jn 15:20). With their mockery they will try to conceal their fears; with their disqualifications they will perform a poor defense of their “laziness”.
How many times we Catholics are being accused of “exaggerating”? We have to reply we are not. For it is impossible to exaggerate in matters of love. Instead, it is quite true we are “radical”, because love is just so “absorbent”: «it has to be either all or nothing»; «or love kills the I or the I kills love».
This is why the Holy Father spoke of “evangelic radicalism” and of “not being afraid”: «In the cause of the Kingdom we have no time to look backwards, and much less to let ourselves be carried away by laziness» (saint John Paul II).