10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gen 3:9-15; 2 Cor 4:13 – 5:1; Mk 3:20-35 (Year B)

The Genesis account of the Fall does not sit easily with the scientific mind. To the eye of faith, however, it clearly asserts that sin had its beginning in humanity’s rebellion. Ancient though it be, it is a masterly description of sin’s consequences.

Sin wants to hide itself just as the man and the woman attempted to hide their lost innocence from God. Sin does not want to own its own culpability. Thus the man blamed the woman, and the woman, in her turn, blamed the serpent. Sin always divides. Above all it divides the loyalties of our own hearts.

Confronted with the false accusations of the scribes, Jesus pointed to sin’s conflicting divisions: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided, that household can never stand.” Jesus was referring to the divided loyalties of the unrepentant sinner.

Only when sin is surrendered to God’s mercy do we find inner peace. “No one can make his way into a strong man’s house and burgle his property unless he has tied up the strong man first. Only then can he burgle his house.”

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