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 (Lectionary)
Charges of Insanity
The healing and compassionate Jesus deviated so much from the commonplace gray of death and destruction that he appeared insane even to his kinfolk—“those belonging to him.” In our broken world, “sanity” and “normalcy” mean disease, darkness, death, and decay—the consequences of the Fall. Light blinds the eyes of nocturnal creatures.
Outside of the intimate circle of the Holy Family, relatives and friends in Nazareth doubted him (Mark 6:1-6; Matthew 13:54-58; Luke 4:16-29). Religious authorities accused him of demon possession (Mark 3:22).
Fools For Christ
Since “no disciple is above his teacher” (Matthew 10:24), followers 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, suffered, died, and rose from the dead, inaugurating a “new normal” for humankind.
The ouster of demons seemed out of his mind:
To madness by relatives was Christ consigned.