September 26, 2017
Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
Reflection (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)
It is a sad reality that man became too superficial when it comes to his faith. What gives an impression of being close to God? Those who are always inside the church? Those who are in authority like the priest? Those who have blood-relations with people near the church? But these are not the measures that Jesus is teaching us today. He said that those who are related with Him are “those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
God measures us through our heart. He desires us to be faithful to Him. This is shown in the covenant that was made by God with the Israelites. He wishes to keep that relationship with then as His people and Him as their God. But there came a time that they disregarded God and worshipped idols or gods of their captors. They forgot their covenant – the relationship they established with God. But Jesus in the Gospel restructures relationship. Now, it is not just blood-related but something that goes beyond it. It is now faith-related.
To whom shall I relate myself? This question is like the idea of inordinate attachments given by St. Ignatius of Loyola. To be related is to be connected. And to be connected is sometimes to be attached. What are my attachments that made me disconnect myself to God?
I can enumerate many things that are part of my inordinate attachments. My pride for example disconnects me to the people whom I am dealing with everyday. My material needs like financial matter, can bring me anxiety as if God has not provided for me. Even my family can also be my attachment that can disregard my time for God. These are just some of the examples. God will always invite me to go back to that important connection that I have with Him – my own faith.
How blessed are we to have this kind of privilege. We are related to God even with our own imperfections; even with our sinfulness. May I ever keep this connection and be reminded of keeping that dynamic indifference to my inordinate attachments.