Season after Pentecost | 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; (Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130;) 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
It's the unforgivable sin, according to the gospel reading from Mark two Sundays ago. I remember reading the gospel at the early service that day, out on the lawn, and when I got to this part, I saw one man near the front row raise his eyebrows. I'm not sure if he raised his eyebrows at the part about "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" or about "the unforgivable sin," or if it was a combination of the two. But my immediate thought was, "I should have preached about this. People are going to wonder about it."
by Diane RothJune 19, 2012
In Jesus’ day—as in ours--redefining the family is a provocative act with far-reaching social, political, moral and spiritual implications. If we were to isolate Jesus in Mark 3 from the moments in the other gospels in which Jesus interacts with his family, we might conclude this story with George Aichele’s sharply worded assertion, “Mark’s Jesus is no supporter of family values!”