Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Here are my mother and brothers.”

As we move back into Ordinary Time, we once again pick up the Gospel of Mark and his portrait of Jesus for us to contemplate. In this week’s scriptures we reflect on the relationships of Jesus, with his family and his disciples. As with all families, Jesus’ relationship with them is complicated.

What Jesus does reveal is that his relationships are based ultimately on the will of God. Jesus’ perfect fulfilment of the will of his Father is the model by which we are to live, and so become his brothers and sisters in fact as well as in name.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


The Lord God called to the man after he had eaten of the tree. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied, ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ (Genesis 3:9-10)

  • When have you felt naked and afraid?
  • When have you felt God is looking for you?
  • When have you felt yourself hiding from God because you are afraid?
  • What is the Lord saying to you now in the garden of your life?



He man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’ Then the Lord God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman replied, ‘The serpent tempted me and I ate.’ (Genesis 3:12-13)

  • When have you blamed someone else?
  • When have you experienced temptation?
  • When have you blamed God?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about sin and guilt?



If you O Lord, should mark our guilt,, Lord who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you. (Psalm 129:3-4)

  • Reflect on the areas of your life where you feel guilty.
  • Remember the times you have experienced the forgiveness of God.
  • Revere the Lord for a few moments.
  • Listen to the Lord who doesn’t mark your guilt.



You see, all this is for your benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

  • Reflect on the benefits you have received from your faith.
  • Reflect on how graces have multiplied in your life.
  • Spend a few moments thanking God.
  • What for your benefit is the Lord saying to you now?



Yes, the troubles which are soon over, though they weigh little, train us for the carrying of a weight of eternal glory that is out of all proportion to them . (2 Corinthians 4:17)

  • What are your troubles?
  • Can any of your troubles in the past now been seen is being light and soon over?
  • How have your troubles been training you?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your troubles now?



Jesus went home with his disciples, and such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.  (Mark 3:20-21)

  • When have you felt overwhelmed?
  • Have you ever been so busy that you haven’t had time for yourself?
  • Why do you think his relatives though he was out of his mind?
  • Listen to the Lord who wants to be at home in you.



Jesus said, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’  (Mark 1:45)

  • When do you feel a member of God’s family?
  • Reflect on how you do the will of God.
  • What is the will of God for you just now?
  • Listen to what the Lord is saying to you about his will.

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