Lenten Reflection - Mark 3:19b-35 by Benjamin Griffin
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.” 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:19b-35
As yet another political seasons rolls around, we are reminded that we are creatures of division - a house crumbling, a body in turmoil. We are defeated by the pride that screams “mine.” The “my way” the “my rights” the “my light.” There is only one Light by which we all see and we can lay no individual claim upon it...and yet we always do. No wonder we cannot keep our house together - we are blind to the very sight of our Family, fearful our home is filled with strangers. Brothers and sisters, let us pray this Lent that we may lay down your claim and open wide your eyes choosing to unite rather than divide. We are all under one roof, in one Light.