June 10 – Sunday
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1: GN 3: 9-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 130
With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
Reading 2: 2 COR 4:13—5:1
Gospel: MK 3:20-35
Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness.
[Mark 3:20-21] 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 father’s carpentry trade and go off to become a traveling preacher?
Jesus had thrown away the security and safety of a quiet and respectable life close to his family and relatives. He, undoubtedly, expected opposition from the Jewish authorities. The hardest opposition, however, may come from someone close to us, even your own kin. Jesus met opposition with grace and with determination to fulfill his Father’s will. Are you ready to obey and follow the Lord even if others oppose your doing so?
Lord Jesus, may we always put you first and find joy in doing your will. May your love and charity grow in us, especially in the face of opposition and adversity. Amen.