The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 316


“When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.'” What a familiar expression we have in the Gospel today! “Out of his mind.” What does that mean? Most people would agree that the phrase describes a situation where someone has lost control of their mental faculties and gone insane. Others would add that the phrase expresses a belief in someone’s inability to make rash decisions because of mental turmoil. However, from our perspective, the person who loses sight of eternal life and the final destination in Heaven will act as if they are insane, making all kinds of strange and selfish decisions that jeopardize their earthly lives and their heavenly reward in question.

“How much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.” The simple truth is this: when anyone decides to follow the Lord and keep the commandments to the best of their abilities, the world may deem that insane. How often have we been told that immoral and anti-Christian behavior is perfectly acceptable because “everybody is doing it.” Therefore, being different and faithful must make you “out of your mind.” So who is crazy, and who isn’t? There is only one answer: “Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.” (Psalm)

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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