Saturday, January 24, 2009

Homily challenge

Just had to share this today. Talk about a preaching challenge. Here was the Gospel passage from today's Mass:

Mk 3:20-21

Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

Now, I was not up to the challenge, I preached on the life of St. Francis de Sales, who we celebrated today. So, here is my homily challenge to all of you - what would you preach about this Gospel?


  1. Hi FT,

    I had two thoughts.

    One would be that Yes, Jesus was 'out of his mind' - even possessed. Possessed by the Spirit of God and what that can do to transform and are we open to being possessed and transformed by God?

    The other would be to insert ourselves into the scene and see what our response would be to someone we know and love going 'over the edge' and being an uber radical. What draws a person to someone like that? How would you feel, what would you think, how would you act? What would your final decision be? Would it be that of the Apostles? Would you still be family? Where would that lead you?

    PS I don't know how you come up with such good homilies every time! Yours are always Great and I thank God for that blessing to all of us!

  2. Perhaps this verse was foreshadowing for Mark chapter 6. Everyone else was there to hear the Word of God. His family was there to squelch the messenger of God.

    Mark 6:4 - Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house."

  3. Who were these relatives that were opposed to his preaching, how well did they know him? Jesus obviously went against all that and more to fulfill God’s will. Jesus did say that a man’s enemies would be the members of his own household. He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword. Yet, the only place to find peace is when we are with him. And so, if we want to follow Jesus, we must go against all that too. Put him first and eventually all else will follow.