Jesus went home, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind. (Mark 3:20-21)
Ever felt that you’ve been misunderstood by people? Have you had a plan or an idea that someone just hasn’t grasped? Or has someone, in their eagerness to judge, made a snap decision about what kind of person you are, labelled you as ‘this’ or ‘that’ simply as a means of disregarding you because you don’t fit into their own personal ideas and objectives? You’re in good company! In today’s gospel reading, Jesus’ family think he has gone too far. They actually think he is out of his mind. Certainly there is much pressure on him as people seek him out in great numbers. Yes he is causing quite a stir. So much so that he hasn’t got time to eat properly. The demands of his ministry are beginning to take their toll. And so his family seek to bring him home. Even those closest to us may not understand us at times. Prophets, even in our own day, can be maligned, and sometimes they begin as a solitary voice before their message gains momentum. Let’s pray that we may perceive the prophetic voices in our own society today, and seek ways in which we can speak the word of God into situations that need to hear it.
God our Father, help us to perceive with wisdom the prophets of our day, and may we bring your presence and power to placed and people in need. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.