Jun 08

Family Ties

It should come as no surprise that Jesus sounds a little testy, a little gruff, in this morning’s gospel reading. He has returned home after a busy few weeks: binding the strong man, Satan, during his forty days in the wilderness; freeing the man possessed by a demon; releasing Simon’s mother-in-law, a leper, a paralytic, a man with a withered hand, and countless others from the diseases that held them back. And now, back at home, he runs headlong into people who want to bind him up, who want to hold him back from the work he’s been doing, who want to tether him in place before he can do anything else unusual or unseemly. Back at home, Jesus comes face to face with people who want to tie him up with family matters. Continue reading