Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life, and is asking the church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to “wake up the world” with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope.
During the plenary session of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bp Barry Wood OMI, auxiliary bishop of Durban, linked Marks’s Gospel to the year of consecrated life.
He said that in today’s Gospel we see that Jesus “irritated his relatives and friends … Pope Francis has told us that the purpose of consecrated life is to wake up the world, shake up the world … Many don’t like to be woken up…”
Clicking below you can listen to Bp Barry Wood’s homily on Mark 3: 20 – 21
“Jesus went home, and once more 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.”