Posted by: frburke23 | June 9, 2018

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 10, 2018)

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 10, 2018)
MARK 3:20-35
Jesus came home with his disciples.
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.”
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,”
and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself
and is divided, he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder the house.
Amen, I say to you,
all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be
forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
His mother and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”
Scripture challenge –Exodus, chapters 11-13.
This gospel passage has confused even Scripture scholars at times. His family says, “He is out of his mind.” The scribes say that he is possessed and driving out demons by Beelzebul.
Against these strong accusations, Jesus explains that a divided house can never stand. In fact, Jesus is part of a communion of persons in the Holy Trinity that can never be divided. He came to draw us into union with the Trinity and told us that with the power of the Holy Spirit, we would be able to do even greater things than Jesus did! Do you believe that this is possible?
What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that can never be forgiven? St. Augustine said that the unforgiveable sin is lasting impenitence unto death, meaning one never feels sorry for one’s sins. Others say it is a refusal of God’s mercy. Still others say it is working against the Holy Spirit in one’s life. Ironically, Jesus would later be accused of blasphemy, even though He is God.
Finally, Jesus is told that his mother, brothers and sisters are outside. He tells them that His family are those who hear the word of God and act upon it. Those who were challenging Jesus obviously were not open to His word, and therefore were separating themselves from His family.
We had a wonderful men’s conference yesterday and we talked much about how the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of each one of us through our baptism. We are beloved children of God, and therefore heirs to the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit is within us and speaks to us constantly. When we spend quiet time in prayer listening to the voice of the Spirit, we learn how to hear His voice and respond. This is how we remain in the family, in communion with the Holy Trinity.
Do I believe the Holy Spirit can do greater things in and through me than Jesus did while on earth?
How do I remain in communion with the Holy Trinity?
Have a blessed Sunday!
Fr. Burke

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