Saint for the day: Sebastan (c.256 – January 20, 287)
2 Samuel 1:1-4 ….27 – Psalm 80 – Mark 3:20-21
“Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the world of your Son.” (Alleluia Verse)
The line between holiness and craziness is often blurred and it is hard to tell the difference. That’s why most of us just dismiss someone whom we don’t understand and say that they’re “crazy!”
In today’s very short Gospel so many people are following Jesus and there isn’t enough room for them to eat. Then the relatives come to “seize him for they said he is out of his mind.” One of the commentaries that I read this morning brought up the fact that the Greek word, “he” is the same as, “them.” So, did Jesus’ relatives think he or them (the crowd) was crazy?
When we read the lives of many of the saints we might have the same reaction since some of the things they did appear very bazaar to our ways of thinking. Yet when we come right down to it we have to say that – without the eyes of faith – many of the statements of Jesus go against the grain of common thought. And therein is the crux: Jesus calls us to follow Him. He promises that “whoever tries to save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life will save it.” When Peter tries to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem Jesus tells him, “get behind me, you Satan. You’re thinking with human thoughts and not in Godly ways.”
Paul tells us, “let your minds (thoughts) be transformed in Christ Jesus” and we need to let this happen even if it appears on the surface to be somewhat crazy. We are called to follow Jesus but it’s not enough to just be a “crowd follower.” We must move to the next level of becoming “one with Christ.” “Now it is no longer I that lives but Christ in me.”
The words of the “Morning Offering” are a good way to start the day. “Oh, Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer thee all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Catholic Church throughout the world and with our Holy Father, Pope Francis and for … (whatever special need/intention you have.”)
Give it a try. It can’t hurt. Amen!