THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
OUT OF ONE’S MIND
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:20-21
Jesus was very busy during his public ministry, going out
and ministering to people the whole day and days on end. When
he came home, still the people gathered, such that he could
not even eat (v.20). Jesus of course would then minister to
the people, and even neglect his food and his rest.
his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for
they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’” (v.21).
Jesus’ relatives, who had his well-being in mind, decided
to intervene. Why? Because they thought Jesus was out of his
mind, that Jesus did not know what was good for himself, that
Jesus could not properly care for himself.
relatives of Jesus judged the situation from the human point
of view, one that is of the world. To them it was not normal
to deprive oneself in order to just serve others. To them
human needs, such as food and sleep, were of greater priority
than spiritual work, for the needs of the Kingdom. To them,
the first priority is self, then others.
in the Kingdom of God it is the opposite. God first, then
everything else after. Look to the needs of others even before
your own. Deny self, even of the necessities of life, in order
about you? Do your relativesspouse, kids, parents, siblingsthink
you are crazy when they see what you do and give for the Kingdom?
Do they try to dissuade you from giving even more of yourself?
we indeed should be fools for Christ. We indeed should not
conform to the values of the world, even the seemingly reasonable
ones, as we respond crazily to God’s call.