I remember before entering the seminary, one of my greatest concerns is leaving my family behind. I have this idea of being alone without any family of my own. Then I soon realized that I did not lose a family, but I gained more family members! Now, I have my biological mother and father, then I have my apostolate mothers and fathers, and those whom I call nanay (mother) and tatay (father) who are different from the first mentioned. I gained more Titas (aunts),Titos (uncles), Ates (sisters) and Kuyas
(brothers) from everywhere I go. So it is true, “whoever does the will of God is my brother and sisters and mothers.” When we follow Jesus, everyone becomes a family.
I feel that this is what the Gospel for today is telling us, that we are but one family through our baptism. Sometimes, we forget these very essential detail of being Christians. We forget that we are connected through baptism and tend to do things on our own. We resort on seeing things based on what is beneficial for us without thinking of our brothers and sisters. We tend to discourage and discriminate one another because we feel we are better than the others and we try to hide ourselves from issues concerning our brothers and sisters because we do not want to become a part of it and as
long as it does not hurt us and our own families. I can only just imagine if we can see one another as Jesus sees the people surrounding Him. If we see each one as part of our family and if we learn to include everyone in our prayers and show great concern for one another then we will have a better community to live in. We are all being reminded by the Gospel that we are one family. And as a family, we must learn to respect and love one another.
We always say that we cannot choose our own family members, but we can learn to love, accept and journey with them. It is quite humbling to know how God chose us to be a part of His family despite our unworthiness, weaknesses and sinfulness maybe because He sees His Son in all of us. Hopefully, like God our Father, may we see Jesus, our Brother, in every one we meet and encounter in our lives. May we see what God sees so that we may be able to look around and notice that we are part of a family.
We are never alone, we are loved.
By Sem. Philip Volante
THE GOSPEL TODAY
The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”