Tuesday of the Third week of Ordinary Time
II Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19
Mark 3:31- 35
Last night I attended the “Mass for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” I am really glad I did attend, the liturgy was wonderful, the homily was outstanding, and the three people who spoke at the end each gave heroic speeches about the sanctity of life. I attended because I felt I had put on hold somethings in my spiritual life that I needed to get going again and this was one of those areas. I have not gone on the March for Life, and I have never stood outside of an abortion clinic. There has always been something deep within me pushing me to do something because it is unfinished business and this issue needs me to stand up and do something.
In our first reading, since we last heard about David last Friday, he is now the king, he has captured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites, and King David has the vision to make the city of Jerusalem the religious capital of the world. To do this, he has to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. The first time that King David tried to bring the Ark to Jerusalem it began to tip over, and a man named Uzzah reached out his hand to steady it, and God struck him down dead. This caused everyone great fear, so the procession stopped, and the ark was put in the home of Obededom. After three months King David knew this was unfinished business, so he went and got the Ark and brought it to Jerusalem and all along the way he danced with great abandonment.
In our Gospel, there is unfinished business as Jesus redefines what family means. The understanding Jesus wants for us to have is it is no longer about being related by blood, but by a mission to follow him. Jesus redefines family to be anyone who does the will of my father.
As we gather is there anything in our lives that we have put on hold and now need to get going again? God will help us complete what he wants to be done in our lives because he is a God that finishes things! Let is complete what God has begun.