He is out of his mind: Homily for Saturday, January 21, 2017

Readings for Today

“He is out of his mind.”  Isn’t that a strange statement from Jesus’ relatives? They knew Jesus.  He was the little boy of Joseph and Mary.  They had watched him grow up.  They had seen him learn the trade of Joseph his father.  How is it they could not understand him.  Yet, they do not.  “He is out of his mind.” They do not understand him.  They do not really know him.  He is not a carpenter.  He is not following in his father’s footsteps.  He is going out into the desert, doing God knows what.  He says he was tempted by the devil.  He is not eating.  Despite attracting crowds, he is not taking care of himself.

How is this?  “He is out of his mind.” How can they not understand him? Because understanding comes through faith.  It is only with faith we truly understand Jesus.  He is preaching a desperately needed message.  He is speaking to people who desperately need to hear.  He is driven.  He does the Father’s will.  He is not a carpenter because he is Son of God.  He is not making things of wood, he is making holy souls for eternity.

There are those who try to understand Jesus only with reason.  How can we believe in him we have not seen? How is it that our modern scientific mind can understand what at times seems so unbelievable? And can we risk being misunderstood?  Can we risk the thoughts of others that we too are out of our mind? If we are to understand Jesus, then we must start with faith, with the development of a relationship with him.