JAN. 26. ORDINARY TIME. (B) WK. 3. TUES. MK. 3. 31-35
Updated: Jul 24
The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’
At first sight it might not be apparent, but in this reading Christ is telling us the first and most important lesson for finding happiness and peace; - and living our lives as our Creator wants us to; -
“Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother!”
In multiple examples throughout the Gospels Christ lived and taught this lesson, but it is so simple and basic that we tend to overlook its importance! One of the most striking examples of this “Lesson” was during his hidden life!
Christ lived among us for thirty years; - ten times longer than his public life; - and during that time he only spoke once; - after he was found in the temple; - “Do you not know that I must do the Father’s Will before all else”; - being the only words recorded during those thirty years!
This is such an important message for Christians because it embraces the God-given circumstances of our lives! Take the child born into a home without Faith, or born into a family of drug users! These are God-given circumstances that Christ will take into account at our final judgement; - which is where it will be determined how we spend eternal life!
Clearly, not as much will be expected from souls born into such tragic circumstances as will be expected from a family with a strong Faith, who pray daily and/or spend regular time in Eucharistic Adoration?
The centrepiece of the Christian vocation is the living of our lives in accord with the Will of God; - which is going to take into account the God-given circumstances of our lives. We had a good example of this in yesterday’s Feast Day; - the Conversion of St. Paul!
Do you think he will be condemned for the way he persecuted the early Christians, or will he be elevated for his efforts to build up the Faith among the Gentiles! This is why Christ warned us that we might well find sinners and prostitutes entering Heaven before us, as He will be taking their life circumstances into account at their judgement!
Another of Christ’s “messages” that will be relevant at the end of life is; - “Much will be expected of him to whom much has been given!”
The message of today’s reading then; - and of Christ’s Life; - is the only thing that we should be concerned about in our day to day life is that we are doing the Will of God, given the God-given circumstances of our life; - which will sometimes include the carrying of the Cross!
The person of Faith, who prays daily, must be aware ‘sinners’ may enter heaven before him!
Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn15:16
I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord,
to go and bear fruit that will last.