TENTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B.
10th June 2018.
Gen. 3:9-15; 2 Cor 4:13—5:1; Mk 3:20-35.
Today the reality of blaming each other in times of crisis is brought before us in the readings. When there is crisis, people do not really know how to go about it. Especially when the fundamental aspect of the society is threatened by the crisis. If the crisis threatens the unity of the society, then it opens up avenues for blame. Unfortunately blaming does not solve any problem. Blaming reveals incompetence!
In the first reading, Adam and Eve have eaten of the forbidden fruit and the consequences are beginning to show their ugly faces. Not knowing what to do, they begin to blame one another. Adam in the heat of the tension referred to Eve as ‘this woman’. The incompetence of Adam reveals itself in the blame. Of course it does not solve the problem, it rather shift attention to another.
In the Gospel, the healing mission of Jesus Christ in casting out demons is challenged by the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem. They accused him of using the prince of demons in casting out demons. In his response, Jesus Christ made to understand the fact that: If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never stand. Now if Satan has rebelled against himself and is divided, he cannot stand either – it is the end of him. Jesus Christ understands the inability of the Jewish religious leaders to deliver people from demonic attacks. He wants them to look up to him as the Son of God sent to deliver humanity. He will not respond to their blames with counter blames, rather he will go ahead to deliver the people tormented by demons.
We will be revealing our incompetence by blaming each other. Standing by each other in moments of crisis is the only solution. This is what Jesus Christ meant when he said that; ‘…if a household is divided against itself, that household can never stand. We need to be united in moments of crisis. Our unity will destroy any kind of external interference.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.