HE IS BESIDE HIMSELF

Hebrews 9:2-3,11-14

2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies,11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. 

Mark 3:20-21

20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, “He is beside himself.”

MEDITATION

THE FIRST READING juxtapose the temple rituals and sacrificial rites such as burned offerings; peace offerings and sin offerings with the blood of animals. These OT offerings were brought to the entrance of the tent where the offeror will place his hand on the head of the unblemished animal and pray that it may be an acceptable offering in expiation of his sin, after which the animal was slaughtered and the blood sprinkled all-round the altar. 

Christ Jesus, the unblemished lamb offered himself once as an eternal sacrifice for the expiation of the sins of all God’s people. Our Lord introduced this new covenant rite at the last supper when through His eternal Spirit, He offered Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. 

St MARK’S SHORT GOSPEL ACCOUNT gives us insight into our Lord’s state of mind after He presented the twelve apostles to God on the Mount. Our Lord’s abrupt departure from the Mount without speaking a word to the twelve suggests that the Spirit revealed a troubling matter to Him! 

It is evident that the Spirit raised our Lord’s awareness that one of the twelve was going to betray Him. Judging from the observations of the crowd and family that congregated at His home it appears that Jesus’ demeanor took an unseen turn when he became distraught, bothered and appeared to be in a short state of confusion and not being able to think clearly! 

We are reminded that Jesus was both human and divine which suggests that He suffered from the same afflictions as we do except that He remained faithful to the will of the Father and avoided the temptation to be lured to sin! To be sure all of us are prone to ‘lose our mind’ momentarily when we are exposed to bad or tragic news or painful events especially at this covid pandemic time. During these moments of crises Satan can certainly impose himself upon us if we refuse to listen to the voice of reason of the Holy Spirit who is our guide and teacher. 

May we use every opportunity to attend Holy Mass when it is available, so that Christ’s life giving food and drink may sustain and keep us and or we make time to adore and worship Him in the tabernacle. Those who desire to make a confession should not hesitate to contact your priest and make the request. This is indeed also a time to rally the family and put time aside for scripture reading, prayer and meditation.

LET US PRAY: Psalms 47:2-3,6-9

2 For the LORD, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted! 

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