We can distinguish Mark’s gospel by its down-to-earth character. Today’s gospel from Mark proves the point. Mental debility ranks as an unsavory subject few people discuss. My own family of origin suffered this scourge, and yet the subject¬†is generally “taboo”. Mark, however, discusses up-front Jesus’ family believing he was “out of his mind”. Imagine the anguish Jesus felt: distrust from his own family. He didn’t intend to hurt his physical family, but he did prioritize God’s spiritual family ties. Accordingly, he even ranks us whom he had not seen beyond the family he had seen. He didn’t denigrate his physical family; rather, he elevated those who follow God’s will. Is it possible that Jesus is the sane¬†one, and his family mentally short-sighted?

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