EVERYDAY PRAYER

Prayer for the unity of Christians. Particular memory of the ancient Churches of the Orient (Syrian Orthodox, Coptic, Armenian, Syrian of Malabar) and of the Assyrian Church.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 3,20-21

He went home again, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relations heard of this, they set out to take charge of him; they said, 'He is out of his mind.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus returns home in Capernaum. Immediately a crowd forms around him, and he even could not eat. For this crowd, as for all the crowds of the needy, Jesus is moved to compassion and feels no peace. This Gospel passage questions us about the laziness that so many times marks our life. How often do we busy ourselves with our schedules, responding only to our needs, leaving out completely any consideration for those in need of help? We should not let ourselves always be the only measure of our days and of our preoccupations. The Lord has entrusted to us poor and sick brothers and sisters for whom we should be responsible. And if this becomes the new rhythm of our life, then we too will face the same criticisms that Jesus got from his family: "But you are exaggerating! You can't keep thinking only of others!" and so on. It is also not uncommon to be accused of being "do-gooders." Jesus received directly these criticisms, but he never disobeyed the will of the Father. Jesus was only twelve when he said even to Mary and Joseph who were looking for him: "Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" His family even goes so far as to say that Jesus "has gone out of his mind," that he is crazy, and they try to bring him back to normality, that is, to a flat life of indifference. On the contrary, the Gospel is like a fire that burns and moves. It is a force of love that brings us out of ourselves, out of our small horizon to welcome that of God.