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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

January 29, 2019

Tuesday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Hebrews 10:1-10 ;

Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11;

 Gospel MK 3:31-35


The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus 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."

 

Members of God’s family

 

Jesus had come that he might bring dispute in the family. Although what is reflected in the words if Jesus is the lived experience of the believers of the early church yet, is very much the experience of Jesus himself. Since he wanted to bring about the Kingdom of God bringing an end to every other force working against the Kingdom, he was sure to meet opposition from these forces. In today’s gospel, we see the result of the calumny spread by some people that he was out of his mind (3:21).


The reaction of the family to this calumny can be read in two ways: It must have been caused by the genuine feeling of concern about Jesus who is defamed by the enemies. The family wants to save him from further defamation. They must also have heard about the conspiracy of the Pharisees and the Herodians (3:6). In this case, they were concerned with his very safety. On the contrary, the possibility of the unbelief of his own relatives cannot be ruled out (Jn 7:5). If unbelief is the reason for his family’s reaction, we need to assume that they have joined those who work against the Kingdom of God. In this case, they stand outside the circle of Jesus and those who are listening to him are counted in his circle. Whatever way we read the story, we find Jesus redefining his familial relationship. It is no longer based on the biological relationship, but based on faith in Jesus. It is those who do the will of God by listening to Jesus and believing in him that are his mother, brothers and sisters!


In this surprising reaction of Jesus one wonders if he is rejecting his relationship with his biological family. However, Mary is the first human being who believed and did the will of God at the beginning of the process of incarnation. She would be there with him at the beginning of his public ministry at Cana (Jn 2:1-12) and at the end of it at the foot of the cross (Jn 19:25-27). Similarly, James, brother of the Lord was at the head of the Church at Jerusalem (Gal 1:19).


The response of Jesus is also a shaded critique on unbelieving Jews who prided themselves on the fact that they were Jews who belonged to the family of God. It is a corrective given to them and all others who aspire for an automatic inclusion of themselves in the family of God. Whoever you are, in the scheme of the Kingdom of God, God’s familial relationship has to be merited by means of faith and the corresponding works.


Dr. Benny Thettayil CMI


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