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Watching the evening news, preparing for extended family gatherings, or parish meetings it is hard not to be aware of the divisions between us, the distance between the ideal of family and faith, community and church, and the reality of our relationships. It would seem from this week’s readings that this is not a new conundrum but as old as the human story itself. (RCL Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; and Mark 3:20-35)