“He is out of his mind.”

Today’s two verse gospel passage (Mk 3:20-21) tells of the crowds coming to Jesus at His home in such large numbers that He and His disciples could not even eat.  Jesus’ relatives, hearing of His popularity, wish to seize him because they believe Him to be crazy.  The world today seems to be “out of its mind” as it falls away from God in so many ways (overt and covert hostility to Christianity, loss of religious freedom, disrespect of conscience, forced and unforced abortion, rampant promiscuity, gay “marriage,” increased atheism and agnosticism, among other things).  Yet society would have us believe that it is Christians who try to live their faith and honor the Lord’s teachings and commands that are out of their minds.  Why should we think ourselves worthy of better treatment than our Lord?  “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (Jn 15:20); like the apostles we should find great joy in this (Acts 5:41).  We must cling to the truth (from the Truth) in season and out of season.  Like Jeremiah, we should not be able to hold it in (Jer 20:9).  Whatever consolations — or lack thereof — we find in this life, by being faithful to God we can sincerely hope to one day hear Him say to us: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy” (Mt 25:23).

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