Do you watch the nightly news? I haven't in years. We stopped having the newspaper delivered to our house as well. It all seems so depressing to me so I limit my intake of the news. In order to keep from living with my head in the sand, once a day I check the news app on my phone. Imagine how our information overloaded culture would have treated Jesus' message. How would this week's Gospel message have been filtered down to us?
Jesus came home with his disciples. 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." The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons." Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive 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; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder the house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin." For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you." But he said to them in reply, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3:20-35
Jesus' relatives, hearing of the crowds around Him, tried to seize Him. The scribes spoke of Jesus as possessed by the devil. Jesus' responded in typical fashion, with a parable. The message in HIs parable certainly did nothing to calm the noise surrounding Jesus. He then responds to the crowd with a surely perplexing answer about His mother and brothers and sisters. Finally Jesus points everything back to His Father. "For whoever does the will of God..."
Stop and think about how this event in Jesus' life might have been reported today. Well, depending on where you got your news it could have been spun in a number of different ways. In fact, with access to the internet, it's pretty easy to find news that fits what we want to hear. How then do we interpret this challenging Gospel message? I believe it is by focusing on the core of Jesus' message... "For whoever does the will of God." That is the Good News!