Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 22, 2011
by

Kelsea Worcester

Freshman, Finance and Business Management Double Major,
Pre-Law Focus

Heb 9:2-3, 11-14
Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Mk 3:20-21

“He is out of his mind.” This phrase struck me as I read today’s short Gospel: “He is out of his mind.” The relatives of Jesus are so caught off guard by his actions, they think he must be crazy and decide to seize him. Our Lord, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, becomes a part of his masterpiece, becomes human, and the rest of humanity thinks he’s crazy.

According to societal values in most of the Western world, we should each strive to have a large house in a nice neighborhood with a few more vehicles than we need. We should have two children, and then employ a nanny to watch them as we take extravagant trips all over the world. We should purchase an extra vacation spot as a get-away and make sure to get into all of the best social circles. We should live a nice, passive life and always strive to keep up with the Jones’. Somehow, though, this life seems empty to many of us. Are we crazy?

I often, as I try to live a Christian life, wonder if I am out of my mind. Spending an hour in adoration, putting some of my hard-earned money into the collection each week, telling others I’ll pray for them, attending Mass, and refusing activities because they don’t align with my beliefs are all things that set my life apart from society’s ideal. I don’t fit the mold, and it is all because of the choices I actively make in my daily life. I must be crazy.

Perhaps this is why I found this passage so encouraging, so reaffirming. He, who is the example for all Christians, was thought to be out of his mind. And it wasn’t just onlookers who were wondering about his state of mind: even his relatives were questioning his sanity. He reached out to the sinners, touched the lepers, dined with tax collectors: completely went against what was expected of him. He chose to be different, rejecting power, wealth, and even status when all would have been handed to him. He is our model, he is our example, to become like him is our goal. And yet to the people of his day, he was crazy. To truly live a Christian life, perhaps we need to be crazy as well.

 So today, let’s not be afraid to be bold, to be radical, to appear as though we’re out of our minds: to be like him.


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