Thought of the day
Saturday, January 21, 2017

21 Sat 2017

Memorial of St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr* Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14; Psalm 47; Mark 3:20-21

Memorial of St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr*
Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14; Psalm 47; Mark 3:20-21
The author of the letter to the Hebrews reminds his readers that the blood which the priests sprinkled on people only restored their outward holiness – the inner sanctity of the person was never restored in this way. With Christ however, we have the means of restoring our inner holiness through his blood which he gave for us. A characteristic of St Mark’s Gospel is that he likes to point out the people who did not always believe in Christ and sometimes paints a negative picture of them. Today we see him do this of Jesus’ own relatives. Jesus had become quite the talking point and focus of attention and some of this attention was turned on them, particularly the attention of the authorities. They come in search of Jesus to take him home, thinking that he was out of his mind. It is quite easy at times to dismiss the teachings of Jesus as the talk of an attention seeker. However, when we look closely at the teachings of Christ we see that while they call for a radical conversion in our lives they are not attention seeking or mad. They are quite simple and possible and perhaps we do not want to live by them because they are so simple.