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January 26, 2019: Sts. Timothy & Titus, Bishops

Reading 2 Timothy 1:1-8 [or Titus 1:1-5]
Gospel Mark 3:20-21

“He is out of His mind.”

Today’s Gospel passage is only two verses long. But what it lacks in length, it makes up for with punch! Jesus’ relatives “set out to seize Him, for they said, ‘He is out of His mind.’”

What were these relatives thinking, and who exactly were they? We cannot imagine the Blessed Virgin Mary doing and saying such things. But Jesus of course was from a large extended family, a fact made clear by the Gospel narrative of the finding of the boy Jesus in the Temple [Luke 2:41-52]. Being related by blood to Jesus clearly was no guarantee of understanding His full identity.

Then again, most of those whom Jesus chose to be His Apostles abandoned Jesus in disbelief during Holy Week, despite having followed Jesus for three years, witnessing His miracles and hearing His preaching of the Gospel. So perhaps we need to cut His relatives some slack. We might, then, realize that while you and I may not exactly be in “good” company when we ignore Jesus’ Lordship over our lives, we at least can point to a biblical precedent, and give thanks for Jesus’ patience with our moral and spiritual failures.