The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):
It is sad to hear news that says a “father raped his daughter” or “a nephew was murdered by his uncle”; for we always believe that blood is thicker than water. As Filipinos, having a strong family ties is one of our prominent characteristics, however because of such incidents it seems that I do not strongly believe on it anymore. Though I am not saying that this goes to all Filipino families, I am just citing scenarios that would challenge us as a member of a more important family which is our ties to God as our Father.
In the Gospel for today, we learn that to be part of the brotherhood (sisterhood and motherhood) of Jesus one must be a follower of God. Our relationship and ties with God is not based on blood but more on the spiritual. Spiritual relationship is more important to God than the blood that links us, for it is in our spirituality we become true persons and not through our blood. The will of God is what we are being challenged to follow. For us to be able to follow we must first know God and knowing God has been easy because of His Son Jesus. Everything about Jesus is about the Father. His being as human captures our understanding of how is it to be connected to God. Jesus never did wrong things in His life, all He did was to love and so this is also what we are invited to do in our lives. For when there is love, there is Jesus and when there is Jesus in us we then now become related to Him.
In the context of my identity as a seminarian, there are things that I cannot do anymore that I did when I was still working as a professional for it does not correspond to my identity now. My link to the Church will always be with me as a part of my identity for it is the mother of my vocation. Through the Church my vocation was born and through following Jesus I become a son of God. This kind of relationship is not only for the religious people but for everyone. It is for everyone who is open to follow God and accepts Him as a father. The decision to be part of God’s family is ours and our decision must always be rooted to what is good and what is the will of God.