10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 3:20-35

20 He came home. Again [the] crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat.
21 When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."
22 The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."
23 Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan?
24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
26 An if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.
27 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 his house.
28 Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.
29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.
30 For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
31 His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
32 A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you."
33 But he said to them in reply, "Who are my mother and [my] brothers?"
34 And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
35 [For] whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother."

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Jesus is possessed by God's spirit and doing God's will. He includes us as part of the spiritual family by faith if we believe in Him and do the Father's will.

  1. Who am I among the crowd? The scribes who accused Him, relatives who think "he is out of his mind" or am I his brother & sister doing God's will?
  2. In general, relationship requires commitment, time, self-devotion or self-sacrifice; How much effort do I put in to build an intimate relationship with Jesus?
  3. How is my relationship with God? Do I ever doubt His presence?

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