Saturday 23 January 2021
Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord – Psalm 46(47):2-3, 6-9. Mark 3:20-21.
Jesus’ relatives were convinced he was out of his mind
I know you think us mean and narrow,
embarrassed by our town’s most famous son.
But think of how his coming seemed to us:
He brings a crowd of wild-eyed, long-haired louts –
his mates – and riff-raff out of towners, prostitutes
and lepers, beggars wanting cures and cash,
and then he disobeys our law, trash-talks
our rabbis and God-fearing Pharisees
and goes to eat with rank extortionists.
He mocked our God, disgraced our family.
So don’t blame us, just ask yourselves,
Would you encourage your own kids
to join a bloke who hangs around with whores,
says God loves terrorists, believes that God
is coming soon to rule in Israel,
and heads off to Jerusalem
where hard men lie in wait for him with knives?