May the Circle be Unbroken

10th Sunday, based on Mark 3:20-35

Mark 3:20-35

and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast 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, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

5 thoughts on “May the Circle be Unbroken

  1. The circle remains unbroken only if brothers and Sisters decide that Jesus remains the Center and not some other something.
    Province Albert in Europe

  2. Thank you for this preaching, so true. It’ll be useful for my parish since we are in the middle of defining a new pastoral plan.

  3. Sometimes it is good to enlarge the circle. One chapel in our parish we gave to our protestant neighbors as their church is too far away. Some of the old church buildings in Vienna were given to Christian migrants, Coptic from Egypt or Orthodox from Eastern Europe. While the city is growing, young generations move to the rim, where small new modern churches are being built, also for the use of more than one congregation and more than one language.

  4. so true , The circle remains unbroken only if brothers and Sisters decide that Jesus remains

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