Reading: Mark 3:20-30
20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’
22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.’
23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.’
30 He said this because they were saying, ‘He has an impure spirit.’
Thought: The life that Jesus lived provoked one of two responses. Either people were completely taken by what he had to say and flocked to hear and see more like the crowd in today’s reading, or they came to the conclusion that he had lost the plot like his family and the teachers of the law. One response that Jesus never seemed to illicit was indifference. How do you respond to him? If your response has become dulled, perhaps this is the season to devote time to clear away some of the clutter that has accumulated and read his story once more, praying that you might see him clearly again.
Prayer: Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus!