10th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 10th June, 2018

Liturgical Reflection



I’m sure many of you would have watched an episode or two of the television program “Who do you think you are?”  For those who perhaps don’t know it, it’s a show where a ‘personality’ (in one way or another) explores unknown aspects of their family history and usually makes very interesting discoveries.  The personality experiences a range of emotions from joy and excitement, to sadness and even horror at things done by their distant relatives.  By the end of the program the personality seems glad to have had the experience and to have found out more of ‘who they are’ due to their forebears.  Indeed some personalities feel that directly or indirectly their distant relatives have played a part in shaping the persons that they have become.


In our gospel passage Jesus’ relatives come to take charge of him for fear he was out of his mind.  The Scribes even suggest he is possessed by Beelzebul.  He is not toeing the family line or adhering to Jewish expectations and this behaviour reflects on them.  Jesus has stepped outside of the normal and as he often does, and challenges the understanding of the day.  Of course as we know, Jesus does this to expand the knowledge of the Kingdom of God, and help bring about change so that the Kingdom may be closer at hand.

Jesus gathered around him those who would share his vision and want to know God more closely in order to bring about the Kingdom on earth.  So too in our life journey we have been drawn to our brothers and sisters in faith.  For some this even means living in a community of faith as a professed religious, but others share in the life of our faith family at Mass and other faith-based gatherings.

So who are our mother, father, brothers and sisters?  Look around you each time you are at Mass and you will see them – the old, the young, the sinner, the survivor.  Look also at those outside of Mass – those feeding the homeless; the nurse in the emergency unit; those giving up their time to listen to stories of heartache.

We are challenged to look further still for our brothers and sisters hidden from our eyes, especially when they hold up the queue at the checkout, or cut us off in traffic.

A friend of mine was being given a lift by an MSC Father who gave way to another driver.  My friend said, “That was nice of you, Father.”  He looked surprised and reminded her, “Well Jesus said, ‘Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart.’”

Mark Wilson