Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 06-JUN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 2 – "... an inclusive circle, a longer table" – In the portion of Mark's gospel set aside for this Sunday, Jesus and his disciples were trying to have a meal in someone's house when a crowd found them and made the meal impossible. So they gave up and faced the crowd. While he was dealing with some topics like demon possession, unforgivable blasphemy and home invasion, (confronting topics to be dealt with, perhaps, in future sermons), someone came along to tell him that his family, comprising his mother and brothers, were asking after him; and he responded by saying that his family was made up of anybody who followed God's will. Rather than asking, "What was Jesus saying?", it would be better to ask, "What was Mark saying to his readers?" Many of Mark's readers would have been ejected from their families and from Jewish society when they became followers of Jesus, no longer restricted by "Jews only" rules, and they were seeking relationships where they might find new roots. They were seeking a new, accepting and inclusive family. We, as followers of Christ, need to be a community constantly on the lookout to be inviting to those who are not part of "us" – not to turn them into people like us, but that we might experience the grace of God in our openness and acceptance. May God encourage us to do risky things, welcoming strangers to become part of family.
Mark 3: 20-35

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