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But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3: 13, NIV)

Appointed New Testament Reading for the Tuesday of the Week of Lent 1:

 Mark 3:  20Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat.21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

 28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

 31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking about at those who sat around him, he said,”Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and eternal God, Your Son Jesus triumphed over the prince of demons and freed us from bondage to sin. Help us to stand firm against every assault of Satan, and enable us always to do Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Meditation by Pr. Scott Murray, A Year with the Church Fathers: Meditations for Each Day of the Church Year (CPH):

Mary had a unique relationship with Jesus. She was His mother according to the flesh. However, that relationship was not all sweetness and light. She had seen the nakedness of His human flesh and so forgot that He was eternally begotten from the Father. One day, Mary, perhaps convinced by His brothers, came to rescue Him from Himself. He refused rescue from the way of the cross. When she called for Him, He pointed to His disciples and expressed His preference for those who believed in Him over those who were merely related to Him by flesh.

Our mothers also have a unique claim on us. They have given us life. Nevertheless, that claim does not extend to our life in Christ. A second and indestructible life has been granted to us through the rebirth of Baptism. That claim is the greater one. Our life together as the baptized gives us unity through water, which is thicker than blood, because it unites us in one family marked by the sonship of Christ. An illustrious ancestry is less important than the family created by Baptism.

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