The Second Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: 1 Samuel 8.4-20, 11.14-15; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:5; Mark 3.20-35)
Each of the readings we hear today will ask us to choose between this world and the Kingdom of God. To which Kingdom do you belong? Where does your allegiance lie? Can you even see the difference between the two?
Even Jesus’ family struggled to see this clearly. Their blunt assessment of his mission and teaching: ‘He has gone out of his mind’. Our story begins with their failed attempt to ‘restrain him’. The religious leaders see Jesus with no more clarity.
They name him ‘Beelzebul’ the prince of demons. Unable to deny the miracles, they attack the messenger and credit the demonic with heaven’s signs. Jesus parabolic response simply asks, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan?’ and insists that they are witnessing the plundering of the ’strong-man’s house’. How blind we can be!
Our reading ends with a thought provoking Jesus insisting that ‘Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother’. Belonging to the Kingdom – or family – of God is about seeing and trusting the God who transforms our allegiance and will! May you see and follow well!
Today we offer two opportunities to worship with us. The community that meets at St Barnabas, Charnwood, will gather at 9:00am for Holy Communion. The community of St Michael and All Angels, Hall, will gather at 11:00am. All are welcome to join us at either centre.