Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
II Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Who wants to be “Out of their mind?” Sometimes I am “Out of my mind” with excitement, but I am easily excited! I am worried when the day comes when I am really “Out of my mind” that I then will say whatever is on my mind with no filters. In our Gospel, Jesus is accused of being, “Out of his mind” by his family and maybe he is out of his mind, but he is not out the mind of God!
In our first reading from the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve are “Out of their minds but in a slightly different way. It is what a parent says to their child, “Are you out of your mind! What did you think when you did that?” It is God saying to Adam and Eve I gave you everything and it still was not enough?” Adam and Eve are out of their minds as they decide to eat from the tree of knowledge that God has told them not to eat. They are out of their minds because Adam blames Eve, and Eve blames the serpent. We need to know we are just like them as we are out of our minds. There is always going to be some temptation hanging on the lowest branch for us to grab onto. Many times we are “out of our minds” for reaching for the temptation and not reaching for Christ who can help us.
In our Gospel, Jesus is at home, but none of his family is present with him. Perhaps his family went away to figure out what they were going to do with him because they have decided he “out of his mind,” and they have come to save him. The family has heard Jesus healing on the Sabbath, eating with the best-known sinners, and preaching things never heard before, so they plan an intervention to take him away quietly. When they arrive, it is worse than what they had thought it would be. There was a large crowd; they could not get into their own home, so they send a message to Jesus. It had to be confirmed that Jesus was out of his mind when his family heard him say, “My family is anyone who does the will of my Father.”
My friends in Christ maybe it is us saying to God, “Are you out of your mind? What you are asking of me is too hard. I cannot love them, they do not love you as much as I love you?” God responds to us, “Show them my love and be out of your mind!” We say, “I cannot forgive them!” God says, “Be out of your mind with forgiveness. We need be “Out of our minds, but we will not be out of God’s minds!”