This reading is Mark 3.
This chapter begins with something you’ll find throughout the Gospels: Jesus healing someone on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was Saturday, a Jewish Holy day set aside by God. There were various Old Testament laws prohibiting work on the Sabbath, and the Pharisees (a group of devout but often hypocritical Jewish leaders) had added many rules themselves. Instead of being overjoyed that the man’s shriveled hand was healed, they were so jealous and angry that they wanted to kill Jesus.
Note that most of Jesus’ miracles are of the visible variety. Leprosy disappears, eyesight is returned, paralyzed people walk, etc. These weren’t things you could fake. Try finding that with the “healers” you find on TV.
As Jesus’ fame grew, his family initially thought he was crazy (v. 21). His brother James, who wrote the book of the Bible of the same name, didn’t follow Jesus until he saw him after the resurrection.
The teachers of the law accused him of being possessed by Satan. Jesus is ever the clear thinker and exposed their foolish reasoning.
Some people worry that they have blasphemed the Holy Spirit (v. 29) and cannot be forgiven. This is sometimes called the unforgivable sin. As a rule of thumb, if you are worried about having committed that sin you probably haven’t committed it. It is typically considered to be an ongoing and complete rejection of the Holy Spirit of God. God the Father reaches us through God the Holy Spirit so we will put our faith in God the Son (Jesus). So if you completely reject the Holy Spirit you won’t get the message. It isn’t too late to turn to Jesus if you haven’t done so already.
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The next reading is Mark 4.
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