Sermon on Mark 3:20-35 for June 10, 2018, Pentecost +3, B Adio Version
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.”
We all have an idealized concept of our potential selves. We have an image of how we could be. And we all know that we do not live up to that rather transcendent ideal. That is part of why we often feel badly about ourselves – we know that we could be better. We know that if we stopped believing our own excuses, if we broke some bad habits, if we exercised more self-control, if we would just think before we spoke, if we were not so conscious of trying to protect our egos, if we would learn to forgive, we could be better people.
We all probably have at least one thing that we are doing now that if we would just stop doing it, we would be more like that idealized best self. And, we all probably have something that we know, if we just started doing it, we would be more like our idealized best self.
In that sense alone, if in no other sense, we all need healing. We are all broken people. Of course, there are other reasons we need healing too. There are things that have happened to us, completely outside of our control, that have injured us. As the saying goes, “everyone is carrying a heavy burden…”.