The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Reflection (Sem. John Paul Adia):
The gospel invites me to look back and reflect on how I am complying with God’s will. Am I doing enough? Or maybe, have I really done even something for Him? To include myself to His followers is such an overwhelming idea but a difficult task. Forming myself according to His will requires me to change and to have a break from my old self. The gospel leaves me the question, “Who are my brothers?”
It brings me a good feeling when somebody is considering me as his brother. The best brother for me is indeed Jesus Christ. Like my true brother, He is also a true friend to me. He is my shoulder to cry on, my strength when I am weak and my companion on my joys. They say that in a relationship, no matter what kind it is, give and take process is important. But Jesus is different. I may become angry with Him but he whole-heartedly understands. In times that I shouted Him, He listens more. I pray that inspite of my weaknesses my relationship with Him will continue to flourish. My tendency when I am hurt or uncomfortable is detaching myself from others. There are times that I even do that to Him but he keeps on considering me as His brother. May I be worthy enough for His considerations.
Who are my brothers? This part of the passage keeps on striking my mind. There are times that I become inconsiderate to others. I choose people to whom I will be with but Jesus never did. How can I really see others as part of my life no matter how cruel they maybe is such a difficult task. If Jesus considers me as one of His brothers, who am I to judge the people around me?