Daily Gospel – Sunday, June 9, 2024 – Mark 3,20-35 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Genesis 3,9-15)

Reading of the Book of Genesis.

After the man ate fruit from the tree, the Lord God called to Adam, saying, “Where are you?” And he answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” The Lord God said to him, “And who told you that you were naked? So you ate from the tree, the fruit of which I forbade you to eat?” Adam said: “The woman whom you gave me to be with me, it was she who gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” The Lord God said to the woman, “Why have you done this?” And the woman replied, “The serpent deceived me and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you will be cursed among all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life! I will put enmity between you and the woman, between the your offspring and hers. It will bruise your head and you will bruise its heel.”

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Second Reading (2Corinthians 4,13-18.5,1)

Reading of the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers: Sustained by the same spirit of faith, according to what is written: “I believe and therefore I spoke”, we also believe and therefore we speak, certain that he who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and will place us at his side, together with you. And all this is because of you, so that the abundance of grace in a greater number of people may increase thanksgiving to the glory of God.

Therefore, we are not discouraged. Even if our outer man is being ruined, our inner man, on the contrary, is being renewed, day by day. In fact, the insignificant volume of a momentary tribulation brings eternal and immeasurable glory to us. And this happens because we turn our gaze to invisible things and not to visible things. For what is visible is temporary, but what is invisible is eternal. 5,For we know that if the tent in which we live in this world is destroyed, God gives us another dwelling in heaven that is not the work of human hands, but is eternal.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Mark 3,20-35)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, Jesus returned home with his disciples. And again so many people gathered that they couldn’t even eat. When they heard about this, Jesus’ relatives went out to catch him, because they said he was out of his mind.

The teachers of the Law, who had come from Jerusalem, said that he was possessed by Beelzebub, and that through the prince of demons he cast out demons. Then Jesus called them together and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. If a family is divided against itself, it cannot stand. Thus, if Satan rises up against himself and divides himself, he will not be able to survive, but he will be destroyed. No one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his goods without first tying him up.

Truly I tell you, all things will be forgiven to men, both their sins and any blasphemy they may have spoken. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but will be guilty of an eternal sin.” Jesus said this, because they said: “He is possessed by an evil spirit.”

Then his mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent for him. There was a crowd sitting around him.
Then they said to him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” He replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 34
And looking at those who were sitting around him, he said: “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister and my mother.”

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My brothers and sisters in Christ, today we gather to reflect on the readings that the liturgy presents to us. Each of them brings a deep and meaningful message, which, when intertwined, invites us to a greater understanding of our faith and our role as followers of Christ.

In the first reading, from the book of Genesis, we find the account of the first human sin. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve hide from God. “Where are you?” asks the Lord God to Adam. This question resonates through the ages, echoing in our hearts. “Where are we?” Where are we in our walk with God? Where are we in our faithfulness to his commandments?

Adam responds: “I heard the sound of your footsteps in the garden; I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Fear and shame enter the world along with sin. This passage reminds us that we often try to hide from God because of our mistakes and failures. Yet God, in His mercy, seeks us, not to condemn us, but to restore us. He wants us to recognize our sins, come out of our hiding places and return to Him.

This narrative also tells us about the consequences of sin. The serpent, which deceived Eve, is cursed by God, and an enmity is placed between the serpent and the woman, and between her offspring and the serpent’s. This enmity is a harbinger of the spiritual battle each of us faces daily. It is a fight against temptations, against the forces of evil that try to keep us from God.

Moving on to the second reading, from Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, we find a message of hope and perseverance. Paul talks about the spirit of faith that leads us to proclaim the truth, even in the midst of difficulties. “We know that he who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and will place us at his side, together with you.”

Paul reminds us that although our bodies may be perishing, our insides are being renewed day by day. The difficulties and tribulations we face are light and momentary, preparing us for an eternal glory that surpasses all comparison. He invites us not to focus on what is visible and transitory, but on what is invisible and eternal.

This passage is particularly powerful because it encourages us to keep faith even when we face adversity. In a world where suffering is inevitable, where difficulties often seem overwhelming, Paul calls us to look beyond the visible, to see with the eyes of faith the promise of eternal life in Christ.

In Mark’s gospel, we see Jesus facing misunderstanding and rejection, even from His own family. Jesus was teaching, and a crowd was around him. His family members, upon hearing this, went out to arrest Him, as they said: “He is out of his mind.” The scribes, in turn, stated: “He is possessed by Beelzebub” and “It is by the prince of demons that He casts out demons.”

Jesus responds with a parable: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” He makes it clear that his work is the work of God, not Satan. He came to destroy the works of the devil, to free the captives, to bring salvation.

This passage challenges us to reflect on how we view God’s work in our lives and in the world. Sometimes we can be quick to judge or doubt, just as Jesus’ family members and the scribes did. We need to have the courage to recognize God’s work, even when it defies our expectations and understandings.

Jesus then makes a profound statement about who is his true family: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister and my mother.” Here, Jesus redefines the concept of family, no longer limited to blood ties, but expanded to include all those who do God’s will.

This redefinition invites us to reflect on our own identity and community. We are called to be part of God’s family, not by merit, but by grace and obedience to the divine will. This spiritual family transcends all human barriers – cultural, social and even religious.

Let’s now reflect on how these readings apply to our lives. The story of Adam and Eve reminds us of our vulnerability to sin and our constant need to return to God in repentance. We are challenged to come out of our hiding places of shame and fear and respond to God’s loving call.

Paul’s message to the Corinthians encourages us to persevere in faith, even in the face of difficulties. We must keep our eyes fixed on the eternal glory promised by God, renewing ourselves daily through faith and hope. When we face trials, we can remember that they are temporary and that God is working in us, preparing us for something greater.

Finally, Mark’s gospel invites us to recognize and welcome God’s work in our lives and in the world around us. We need to be open to God’s will, even when it defies our expectations. And we are called to be part of the family of Jesus, living in communion with all those who seek to do God’s will.

By reflecting on these readings, we are called to practical action. First, let us commit to a daily examination of conscience, recognizing our sins and seeking reconciliation with God. May we come out of our hiding places of fear and shame and find peace and renewal in God’s love.

Second, let’s cultivate a resilient faith that allows us to see beyond temporary difficulties and focus on God’s eternal promise. May we find strength in prayer, reading Scripture, and community of faith.

Finally, let us strive to do God’s will in our daily lives. This may mean reaching out to someone in need, advocating for justice, or simply being a presence of love and compassion to those around us. May we be true members of the family of Jesus, united in love and obedience to the Father.

Let’s now have a moment of silence. Let us close our eyes and ask God for the grace to reflect deeply on these readings and on how He calls us to live according to His will. May the Holy Spirit enlighten us and guide us on our journey of faith.

Lord, we thank You for Your word that challenges and comforts us. Help us to live according to Your teachings, to recognize our sins, and to seek Your mercy. Renew our faith and our hope, and make us instruments of Your peace and Your love in the world. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let us take with us the determination to live as true members of God’s family. May we respond to God’s call, persevere in faith and do his will in all areas of our lives. May God’s grace accompany us and strengthen us on our journey. Amen.