To read the texts click on the texts:2Samuel 1:1-4,11-12,17,19,23-27; Mk 3:20-21
This text is part of a larger text, which ends at 3,35. It is about the family of Jesus. In 3,20-21 (our text for today) the family of Jesus is introduced in a negative manner. They think that Jesus has gone out of his mind and want to restrain him. One possible reason why his family would have thought that he was “out of his mind” was because he was working miracles and this could have been seen as associated with magic and such persons could either be banned or even executed. His family thus come to take him away by force.
This episode is followed by the
Beelzebul controversy (3,22-30) in which Jesus is accused of casting out demons
by the power of Beelzebul, by the scribes who come from Jerusalem. Mark then
forms a "sandwich construction" by taking up in 3,31-35 a text
concerning the family of Jesus. Here, however, Jesus makes clear that his true
family are not those related to him by blood only, but by the will of God.