Mk 3:20-21 Out of Your Mind
Are you out of your mind?
Was the Lord out of his mind? It appeared to many that he was, including his Apostles. Afterall, he went to Jerusalem even though he knew how that would end. He cured the ill knowing that they would not stay quiet. He preached and traveled to the point of exhaustion. He ate little, prayed much and sacrificed his time and life for his Father's Kingdom. In doing all these things, he revealed the mystery of who He is: The Son of God.
For a couple of weeks now I had on my schedule to celebrate a Mass for a group of scouts out at Purtis Creek State Park. It’s about an hour and a half away from Richardson. On the day of the Mass, I realized that it would conflict with a Confirmation retreat that would be going on over at our church, so I asked them to bump up the Mass to 5:30 pm – actually, change it to a Communion Service - so that I could get back in time for the retreat at 8:00 pm. The head of the group recommended that we just cancel it. Why bother driving out there for just a half hour? I insisted that we do it. After all, I had already told the children that I would be there.
What is remarkable about this true story is that on the same day of the Mass, I had lunch with a great family man and I invited him to come out with me, just to have some company; but he too had a conflict in the evening, and if I could change the time of the celebration, make it a little earlier, then he would be more than willing to drive for me.
Are we both out of our minds? Yes. Are we both in love with the Lord? Yes. I really believe this is how we show our love for others, even little stinky scouts! And this is how the Lord shows his love for us: by giving us all the help we need.
Today, let us show our love by extending ourselves beyond belief! By going the extra 80 miles! By giving when it hurts! By showing the miracles the Lord would love to give and by increasing our faith, hope and love for a world that is so in need.
Today, let us be driven by our love - the Lord's Love, and not so much by our mind. Let us march for the Lord!
Today, let us reveal, by our works of love, the mystery of who we are: We are Christians!