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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Mark 3:20-35

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

This Sunday we will hear two interesting stories of Jesus facing conflicts with others, his family and the religious authorities. The author of Mark's Gospel account interjects one story in the middle of the other, giving us a chance to discuss and review how each story might have an impact on the other. This also highlights how our lives are filled with multiple, and often competing, allegiances that pull us in different directions, and can ask very different things from us, and perhaps change the course of our futures.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Mark. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Mark 3:20-35).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • As you begin your reflection of this Scripture study, think about the competing priorities in your life. How do you resolve the conflicting priorities you experience and who gets your time and you decide, or do others decide for you?

  • Read the Scripture assigned for this study (Mark 3:20-35) and consider the many conflicts and controversial comments that are made against Jesus. What might some of your prior experiences or priorities be that impact your understanding of what is happening in this story? Can you associate with the concerns and thoughts of Jesus' family members?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on Jesus' family members: do you think they are seeking to protect him or get him under control?

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, consider how different people might interpret these events: those who are in great need vs. those who enjoy power and status, and perhaps have something to lose?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, consider that when the "least among you" suffers, "the Body" as a whole suffers as well: how does this fact challenge us in our daily lives? How is this especially challenging to the people of the richer nations of the world?

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, consider the idea that "Evil" exists in the world, and it can find us, especially taking advantage of the weaker parts of our character. How does this idea compare with your experience of life?

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