Jan 23 (Mk 3:31-35)

A spotlight is a strong beam of light that illuminates only a small area, used especially to centre attention on a stage performer.

>> It’s an intense light focused so as to pick out an object, person, or group.

A spotlight is very often used in stage shows or theatres to bring to the attention of the audience, a particular character or an important object etc…

A spotlight…

…helps to focus the attention on the most important person or object

… brings to notice a diverted mind or a deviated mentality

The Gospel of Day has Jesus making use of a “spotlight” to focus the attention of His followers on the most vital dimension of the Kingdom of God: Doing God’s Will.

Jesus is in the thick of His ministry.

>> The place is packed with people sitting on the floor, in the passage-way, around the doors and windows, craving to listen to what Jesus is speaking.

It’s at that time that His family members arrive.

His family can’t get through to him, so they send a message in, and it passes from one person to person: “Tell him that his mother and brothers are outside looking for him” (Mk 3: 32)

The message finally reaches Jesus.

It is interesting to consider the feelings and reactions of the different persons…

• The family of Jesus…

… are eager and concerned to get the Lord back home

… are wanting to meet Him and if possible to give Him a break in His ministry

• The crowd around Jesus…

… are understandable that the family of the Lord are keen to meet Him

… are expecting Jesus to stop His preaching to accommodate meeting His kith and kin

This was a significant time and moment.

The Lord, however, loves to make use of critical moments to put across a message…

>> The Lord loves to thrive on crucial situations to send forth a teaching…

Jesus uses the arrival of His physical family as an opportunity to teach about His relationship with His spiritual family.

In a sense, Jesus uses a “spotlight” to bring the focus back on what is most essential.

>> What was most needed was not human relationships…

>> What was most needed was not human affairs…

But what was most necessary was spiritual relations!

>> What was most necessary was spiritual affairs!

Jesus brings to focus…

… the importance to seek and do God’s Will

… the importance to become related in the Kingdom.

What is our own attitude and mentality…

Am I concerned more with worldly affairs or do I engage myself more into spiritual realities?

>> Am I disturbed more by earthly concerns or do I share more the anxiety for spiritual growth?

>> Am I obsessed more with worldly gains or do I be zealous for spiritual graces and blessings?

Very often we lose our focus…

>> Very often we lose sight of the proper track…

The Lord, today, brings back the “spotlight” on the essentials of a Christian Life.

Christian life sometimes…

… gets diluted with too many “social” concerns…at the expense of spiritual realities.

… gets polluted with too many “interdisciplinary” matters…at the expense of true faith and teachings.

… gets ruined with too many “compromising” practices…at the expense of Gospel values and standards.

In the words of St Angela Merici, an Italian Saint:

>> Let us ” Do something, get moving, be confident, risk new things, stick with it…

… then be ready for BIG SURPRISES”

God Bless! Live Jesus!

One thought on “Jan 23 (Mk 3:31-35)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s