Posted: 22 Jul 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 48 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Matt 12:46-50
Reflection: There are something’s in life whose value we may never realize and in something’s it is necessary that we know the value.
Children as they grow up may never realize the value of their parents and what contribution they have made to their lives.
Even as this statement is made here many of us may try to understand value from a pure material point of view.
There are many who see the value of their parents or a worker merely from what they are able to deliver in terms of wealth and money.
How many of us value relationships and what they contribute to us and our total well being?
Every good relationship, if based on a sound principle and on the right foundation is a help and a blessing, even if those persons or individuals may be useless for the many.
In the gospel of today, Jesus, as he establishes a new relationship, raises us to a new level.
Have we realized what Jesus has done for us: we who have opted to follow him become his mother, brother, sister, etc.
A relationship not established by blood but by faith, through the shedding of his blood on the cross.
By doing this he is not discarding the old relationship but re-establishes them on a new foundation and this new foundation is what even his mother and brothers did walk on.
The will of the Father was openly spoken at the Baptism and at the transfiguration, a will of obedience and faith: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matt 17:5
Hence, if anyone wants to be a relative of Jesus, the Lord and God then they have to make a choice; either to listen to himself or other great leaders, thinkers or philosophers or listen to him with whom God is pleased.
Every revealed word in the Bible and that which is proclaimed in the church through a time tested tradition or communicated to us through a legitimate magisterium, is the word of Christ spoken to us and we are called upon to listen.
Prayer: Lord, you have called me to the obedience of faith, may I always seek your voice in everything and chose to listen to it.
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