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"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience," (Col 3:12)

21 January 2024

Mk 3:20-21 - ...for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

Jesus came with his disciples into the house.Again the crowd gathered,making it impossible for them even to eat.When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

First of all, as the biblical commentaries indicate, we cannot clearly say that it was Jesus' family, that Mary came to Him and said: Son, what are you doing? You must be crazy! We would probably not attribute such words to Our Lady, who knew Jesus perfectly and trusted Him with all Her heart. Jesus knew perfectly well what he was doing and what his mission was, what his messianic mission was. This does not mean, however, that all the people around Him understood what He was doing. Therefore they judged Him wrongly. Unfortunately, this often happens in the life of every person who may misunderstand someone's good deeds or intentions. People may judge incorrectly someone who, for example, goes to confession often or prays for a long time. Maybe someone once told you that, maybe others were surprised by the fact that you go to confession every week or that instead of watching the Eagles game, you decide to go to church for adoration. Is too much piety a sign of stupidity, mental illness, scrupulosity or rather holiness? Jesus was judged not for something bad, but for performing miracles, healing and preaching the Word of God, for what he was destined for, which was the meaning and purpose of his earthly life. And as we say in life: there are as many opinions on a given topic as there are people. For some, piety is an integral, important part of life, for others, the same piety is a comedy, a spectacle, an empty and unnecessary space, a waste of time. Because why pray so much, why confess so often, why adore a piece of white bread? This is ridiculous and stupid. Maybe so for someone who does not understand the meaning and value of faith lived in a relationship with God. Did these people in the Gospel really care about Jesus? Or maybe they felt remorse in their hearts because so many people converted, experienced miracles, and nothing happened in their lives? It often happens that someone or something is neglected, mocked, or even fought with, not because they are doing something bad, but because they are doing something good, which instead of making me happy, begins to prick my heart and touch me, touch what is wrong in me, but what I do not want to change it. I don't understand that a person is doing something good, I don't want to acknowledge his good intentions, so I start to fight him, trying to distract him from the good he does. This was the goal of Jesus' relatives: to distract Him from goodness. They may have had good intentions, but they failed to see the same good intentions in Jesus, and they fell into conflict with themselves. Fortunately, Jesus did not care about this and continued his mission, which he encourages us to do. Let us not stop praying, adoring and confessing, even if other people do not understand our faith, ridicule it or fight against it. If our consciences and hearts do not accuse us of anything wrong, if we are sure that there is God and His grace in what we do, then the opinions of other people are of secondary importance or do not matter at all, because every person can make a mistake, but God does not he is never wrong.

Father Marcin Cwierz, OSPPE

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"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience," (Col 3:12)  

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