Jesus and His Family

The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Mark 3:31-35

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. Randy D. Buquis)

Who is our true family today? This question reminds us of the invitation of the Gospel today. If it is only our biological family that we have, maybe we can deepen and have a wider perspective in dealing with our true family. The Gospel narrative clearly shows and invites us that if we want a family that will last for eternity, we make sure that our bond is a spiritual one. This includes joining together by a mutual faith in Christ and working together as we do the will of our Father in heaven. It is good that we can have the best of both worlds, wherein our physical family is also part of our spiritual family.
Today’s Gospel is a reminder of the wonderful family we have in Jesus Christ. It is also good to ask ourselves “Are we in the family of Jesus?” No matter what kind of biological family we may have been born into, we have the opportunity, by God’s grace, to be born into the wonderful family of God. The challenge for us is to bring that family to our community and even to our apostolate families.
Maybe all the seminarians would agree with me that our seminary is also our family. We try to follow God through this vocation. That is why all the people within these seminary walls are part of our family. We have female staff that we can call “nanay” and male staff as “kuya” while the formators are our spiritual fathers. This is one that I really appreciate and am thankful to God for bringing these people to be part of my vocation and a family in my life.
You know every time there will be a home weekend or long vacation and when I go back here, I always feel homesickness because I always miss my family. But, you know at the end of the day because of the presence of brothers, staff and formators, they remind me that I am not just in the seminary but I am also in my home and my family.

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