2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80; Mk 3:20-21

Again the crowd gathered at the house, making it impossible for them even to eat.
Mark’s Gospel is the original “Fast and Furious.” Even Jesus’ family can’t keep up with him. Tradition says that for 30 years the loudest noise he made was with a hammer and saw. Now, he is trapped in a maelstrom, “He is out of his mind!” I guess a lot of us prefer a tranquil Jesus. Flannery O’Connor in Wise Blood “saw Jesus move from tree to tree … a wild ragged figure.” Holden Caulfield self-identifies with, “next to Jesus, was that lunatic and all, that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself with stones, that poor bastard.” Indeed, a catcher in the rye, sacrificing everything to save the poor in peril, will always seem “insane.”
O Shepherd of Israel, rouse your power, and come to save us!