10th Sunday of the Year (B) 2018

Jesus of Nazareth’s preaching and lifestyle was a great scandal, a great embarrassment, a great challenge, not only to the religious and political authorities but also to his family and relatives, including his mother. For the authorities it challenged their power and privilege. To his family it meant scrutiny from the authorities and the near certainty that their Jesus would be arrested and maybe executed. So his family made a number of attempts to dissuade him and bring him back home, by force if necessary. (What mother wants to lose her only child !!). So forget about any presumption you had that his family and relatives were all behind him and supportive.
Belief in Jesus of Nazareth only came to his family after the resurrection. We also seldom realise that the same was true for many of the priests, Scribes and Pharisees. Certainly nothing like the majority but a substantial number became Christians. As we read in Acts. at the council of Jerusalem. “some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.” ( In other words they wanted Gentiles to officially become Jews before becoming Christians). Belief in the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead was the decisive factor which prompted the Apostles and so many early Christians to give their lives for the faith. It was the decisive factor which finally changed the minds of his family and relatives. It was the decisive factor which prompted many of his one time enemies to become Christian. It was the decisive factor in the conversion of St. Paul.
Are you convinced of the Resurrection?
Are we perhaps just covering both wickets?
Does belief in Resurrection enliven your day, make your grief bearable, lift your joys to a new level, give meaning to the hum drum of life, inspire you to volunteer your time and abilities in helping others, make the aches and pains of old age acceptable?
If not then get with Resurrection from death and Eternal life with and in your God.