Who’s in Charge?

The Pharisees commit the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, accusing Jesus of healing by the power of Satan. In their spiritually stubborn position, they paint themselves into a corner with no escape.

It is very hard to commit this great sin, but there are smaller versions of it that can undermine your spirit, such as living as though you are Number One instead of God.

You will notice many kinds of demons that Jesus had to cast out. Not only were there ones of disease and infirmity, but there were those who dominated the spiritual realm in envy, pride, and blasphemy. Even Jesus’ own family, who know him from the beginning, thought he was out of his mind. They “over-knew” Jesus on one level and refused to see him as the Anointed One of God.

For you: who is Jesus?

Mark 3:20-35

This is the second of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
We will be reading from the Gospel of Mark until the First Sunday in Advent.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons. 

2 thoughts on “Who’s in Charge?

  1. The actions of the Pharisees seem to have fear in them. What do they have to fear? Jesus challenges their understanding of God, of the scriptures, of everything they base their actions on. He challenged their very being. If not who they knew themselves to be, then who were they? How dare he take that away from them. Ah, here comes anger, even rage, certainly deafness. It is with deep painful emotion that they build their plans against him. It is these emotions that blind them to who Jesus is, to what he is offering them. They don’t see that he loves even them enough to want to bring them into true understanding.In their plotting and emotion they attempt to do the very thing they themselves are threatened by, they accuse Jesus of being the opposite of who he truly is. In doing so they condemn themselves.

    How can we now God and receive all he offeres if we refuse to recognize him, even blind ourselves by accusing him of being other than who he is. Fear not, Jesus is not threatening to take away your self, but to recreate it, to bring you into a new present. He knows you and loves you as you are. Open your eyes, open your ears. Experience the love. It won’t be forced on you, but it is yours for the asking.

    Who is Jesus for me? I can’t answer that fully with words. Part of the answer is that he is life itself. When everything in life was taken away it was Jesus who came and drew me to him, filled the void.


  2. Very powerful reflection, Joy.

    I lift up this sentence of yours: “Fear not, Jesus is not threatening to take away your self, but to recreate it, to bring you into a new present.”

    A new and unfolding reality of who we are in God’s sight… It begins now, and is never-ending!


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