January 21, 2017 Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time-A

Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14

Psalm 47

Mark 3:20-21

“He is out of his mind.”  Mark 3:21

Lord, we have an expression to describe two people as “crazy in love”.  When we give ourselves totally and completely to a project, a cause or another person we can appear to others to have lost it or gone over the line.  In such a condition, our priorities can become much different than those of the “normal” person.  Is that what your family saw in you when you came home?  The learned men saw the power of the devil behind your miracles.  No one had ever seen anyone like you before.  Lord, to go against the standards of the world and to embrace the standards of heaven we too must be somewhat “crazy”.  To choose love over hate, forgiveness over revenge and service over selfishness can seem like odd behavior.  To believe that your death on a cross two thousand years ago won eternal life for me is “nuts” to some.  Lord, help me to have the courage to live my faith every day in the face of criticism and ridicule.  Make me a little crazy for you.  Amen.