Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time: Saint Fabian, Pope, (d. 250); Saint Sebastian, (d. c. 300)
Readings of the day: RB 4:44-62Mass: 2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Resp. Psalm 80; Mark 3:20-21
Mount Rainier, Washington, USA
I like the Gospel according to Saint Mark—for its brevity. It is a perfect Gospel to take to your favorite chair on a Sunday afternoon
and read from beginning to end. Then Jesus went home;the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.
Imagine yourself amidst the crowd pressing in on Jesus. So much crowding the poor man can’t even eat!When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying,‘He is out of his mind.’
Meanwhile, Jesus’ family tires to reel him in. What on earth has happened to the little boy who used to run around Nazareth with his friends, laughing and playing? I imagine some family standing at a distance, arms folded, shaking their heads.
What do you make of all this?Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.ALLELUIA