Broken and Divided
Church News | Sunday, 10 June 2018 |
At the 10.30am service Revd Julie reminded us that there is an awful lot of rivalry and discontent in our broken world with accusations of treachery, deceit and lies flying around in all directions.
The scribes accused Jesus of all sorts of wrongdoing, bringing hurt and upset for no good reason… Jesus was and is all about peace, unity and love, to heal rather than to hurt, to love rather than to hate. Yet, because of his urge to do good works whenever he could people thought he was crazy and out of his mind. These accusations and divisions caused a huge amount of rivalry among ordinary people, it affected their minds to such an extent that they couldn’t think in a logical manner.
With so much going on in the life of Jesus at that time, it caused a lot of grief and worry for our Lord’s family, and in the Gospel of Mark 3: we are told how Jesus’ mother, brothers and sisters went out to find him, perhaps in the hope that they could speak with him and help calm things down. However, when told about his family being outside and wanting to speak with him, Jesus proclaimed to his followers that all those who love God and follow in his own footsteps were indeed his mother, brothers and sisters too. Jesus used this wonderful opportunity to tell his disciples and all the people that if we believe in God then even if we are not biologically related we all belong to the same Spiritual Family, especially once we have been set-apart from the rest through our baptism…