Genesis 3:9-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Pope Francis has often noted that the first words of God to the human family are from this passage where God's asks Adam, "Where are you?" Francis suggests that it is a good question for us today. Where do we find ourselves today? What is the situation around us? What is our purpose? What is our relationship with others? What is it we are being called to be and to do?
Paul reminds the Corintians that we are not discouraged because the resurrection of Jesus has already given us new life and "our inner self is being renewed day by day." The good news is what gives us hope and courage. Our faith is what allows us to be bold and to live our lives for others without holding back.
In the gospel, Jesus is being accused of driving out demons because he's in league with evil. It is outrageous, but it does show how some religious people rebelled against him. When his relatives come to be with him, Jesus makes it clear that the deepest bond he has with his brothers and sisters is that we are faithful. Religious practice or authority, and certainly not only a relationship with him, makes us holy. Mark makes the point clearly: "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.'" Real intimacy with Jesus is about communion with him, in fidelity, in following his example. Intimacy happens when our heart becomes more like his and we are draw to a fidelity to the Father and the Father's way.
We can ask for the grace, "Make my heart like yours, dear Jesus."
By Andy Alexander