The New Normal of the Kingdom of God

“The New Normal of the Kingdom of God”
Mark 3:20-21 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

Mark 3:20-21 from the Lectionary

The healing and compassionate Jesus deviated so much from the commonplace gray of death and destruction that he appeared insane even to “those belonging to him”—his relatives. “Sanity” and “normalcy” in our broken world mean disease, darkness, death and decay—the consequences of the Fall. Light blinds the eyes of nocturnal creatures.

Disciples of Christ are also deemed “fools” in the eyes of the world:

For as I see it, God has exhibited us apostles as the last of all, like people sentenced to death, since we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike. We are fools on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad and roughly treated, we wander about homeless and we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we respond gently. We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all, to this very moment.

1 Corinthians 4:9-13

The Incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died, and rose from the dead inaugurated a “new normal” for humankind.

Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

From the Responsorial Psalm (80:4b)

2 Replies to “The New Normal of the Kingdom of God”

  1. Dear GMC, Thank you for a powerful reflection. I add 1 more: When we suffer, we awaken to the beauty and wonder of God’s creation and presence in our lives. With God’s care and grace, let us help each other live the “new normal” of the kingdom. For salvation’s sake!

    1. Beautiful, fdan! In Christ, God’s children blossom like the grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies, alleluia.

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