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6th June 2021

posted 3 Jun 2021, 04:02 by Church Office
First Sunday after Trinity - Parish Eucharist

This week we begin ordinary time. This is the time when all the big festivals are over and we get to focus on what it means to be God’s people and how we are going to live our mission and ministry.

You might think that, this being the FIRST week of ordinary time, we’d have an encouraging, optimistic gospel to get us going. Sadly, that is not the case. We have a hard passage from Mark 3:20-35. Jesus is at the very beginning of his mission and ministry. He’s barely had time to heal a few of the sick and chase out a couple of demons and he has the authorities and his own family on his back. They are not happy with him. They accuse him of being either mad or bad.

What we are being told this week is that if we truly put liberation from oppression and justice and peace at the heart of our lives, some people are going to be really pissed off with us. Because the values of God are countercultural. They question the status quo and ask who benefits and who suffers. In Amanda Gorman’s words “when what just is isn’t justice”. Take heart though! At the centre of this passage Jesus remind us that there is power in fighting for what is just because that is what God is fighting for. And, at the end, there are always other people of good heart who will support and encourage us.

Gospel Reading Mark 3:20-35

And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”