January 21 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

1/21/2023 (Saturday) Today’s gospel reading: Mark 3:20-21

20 Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat.
21 When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

1/21/2023 (Saturday) Today’s gospel reflection: Mark 3:20-21

This is one of the shortest gospel readings and yet it is imbued with lessons for all of us. First, it shows us how Jesus is devoted to the fulfillment of His mission even up to the point of madness! He is never tired of serving the people. He finds time to accommodate everybody’s attention and need because He loves each and every individual.

Second, the family is concerned with Jesus especially with His health, both mental and physical. Of course, their behavior reflects their human nature. Still, their concern about one member of the family tells us to take care of our family. In today’s world where a lot of families have become dysfunctional, taking time to look after the needs of a member of our family, despite some misunderstandings, is the call of the time.

Third, we are not Jesus with supernatural abilities. As human beings with physical as well as mental and spiritual limitations, taking time to eat and rest is very important. For us to continue with our mission with as much vigor and dedication, let us not neglect our health. So many people complain of exhaustion that at the end of the day they just feel being burn-out and very soon, they develop negative attitude or cynicism about their job or mission.

Lastly, as individuals who are in need of other people’s attention, let us be considerate of their schedule. Many of us demand too much from our priests or pastors or even from our parents. Many times, we insist that we be given extra minute of their time even when we know that they are tired. Let us pray instead and give enough support to our priests and ministers that they may have enough strength to carry on the mission of Jesus.

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