LISTEN: Reflection for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

God’s will vs. human will – that’s what is at the centre of the readings we hear this Tenth Sunday of the Year.

The opening of the book of Genesis explains to us how sin entered the world and how it progressed. It explains to us how, from the beginning, people have found it hard to live God’s will over their own desires and will. In the Second Reading St Paul is trying to do the Lord’s will, he comes up against strong opposition because his peers simply do not understand him.

In the Gospel of Mark there are two encounters: one with the Scribes and the other with Jesus’ “mother and brothers’ – his family. Notice how both Jesus’ family and the Scribes think that he is “out of his mind” or “possessed by a devil”. Both the Scribes and Jesus’ family do not understand him and, clearly, do not understand he is doing God’s will.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures for the Tenth Sunday of the Year.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Genesis 3:9-15; Psalm 129; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; & Mark 3:20-35

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UKZN) M.Th. (UKZN)

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church. @rpollittsj
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