Readings 20150124

The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com

INSANE TO THE INSANE

“When His family heard of this they came to take charge of Him, saying, ‘He is out of His mind.’ ” —Mark 3:21
Jesus’ relatives said He was out of His mind. Each of us will also be called “out of our minds.” Will this be because we are followers of Jesus or because our minds are conformed to the insanity of the world? (see Rm 12:2) We want to be able to say with St. Paul: “If we are ever caught up out of ourselves, God is the reason; and when we are brought back to our senses, it is for your sakes” (2 Cor 5:13). We are happy to be out of our minds or even our bodies (see 2 Cor 12:2-3) as long as God is the reason. It’s an honor to be considered insane by the standards of an insane world.

The world should see us not only as insane, but as absurd (1 Cor 1:18). We should be viewed as fools for Christ (1 Cor 4:10). This explains why every Christian should expect to be persecuted (2 Tm 3:12). Our reaction to being called “out of our minds” and even to being persecuted is love and joy. By God’s grace, we imitate Jesus and love our enemies (see Mt 5:44). We also rejoice in the measure that we share Christ’s sufferings (1 Pt 4:13).

In summary, we are considered insane, absurd, and foolish. We are rejected, hated, and persecuted. Overshadowing it all, however, we have miraculous, divine, unconditional love and joy.

Prayer: Father, may I be worthy of ill-treatment for the sake of Jesus’ name (Acts 5:41). Promise: “All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness.” —Ps 47:2 Praise: St. Francis gave spiritual direction to St. Jane Frances de Chantal, who founded eighty-six convents in only thirty years.
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The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
Is the Lord Jesus honored in your home? Why would Jesus’ relatives be so upset with him when he began his public ministry? On one occasion Jesus remarked that a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household (Matthew 10:36). The Gospel of Mark records the reaction of Jesus’ relatives when he went home: they came to seize him. They, no doubt, thought that Jesus must have gone mad or become a religious fanatic. How could a good home-body from Nazareth leave his carpentry trade and go off to become a traveling preacher? To their way of thinking, Jesus had thrown away the security and safety of a quiet and respectable life close to his family and relatives.
Jesus probably expected to meet opposition from the highest religious authorities in Jerusalem. For him to meet opposition from his own relatives must have been even harder. When we choose to be disciples of the Lord Jesus and to follow his will for our lives, we can expect to meet opposition from those who are opposed to the Gospel message and Christian way of life. But the hardest opposition may actually come from someone close to us, a family member or close friend who doesn’t want us to take the Gospel message too seriously. Jesus met opposition – whether from family, friend, or foe – with grace and determination to fulfill his Father’s will. Are you ready to obey and follow the Lord Jesus even if others oppose your doing so?

“Lord Jesus, may I always put you first and find joy in doing your will. May your love and charity grow in me, especially in the face of opposition and adversity.”

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