His mother and his brothers
arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him 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."
Introductory Prayer: Today I want to encounter you as
a friend and brother, Lord. I believe that you
want to encounter me and transform me. Thank you
for working in my heart, calling me to a deeper
identification with you. I trust that you will lead
me along paths of growth and fruitfulness.
Petition: Lord, help me to
put my will in conformity with yours.
1. Maybe He Needs
a Break: Jesus was very busy. Perhaps he was
tired. Perhaps his mother arrived to give him a bit
of food or a word of encouragement. But we
find in today’s Gospel a Christ who is strong. He
has strengthened himself through intimate contact with the Father.
He has filled his heart with a love for
souls. He finds nourishment in doing the Father’s will.
Surely his mother was encouraged by what she found. Do
I let the will of God be my strength?
Does prayer transform me to the point where charity and
evangelization become my natural way of being?
2. Closeness for the
Right Reason: As Jesus taught and healed, people were
naturally attracted to him. Yet simply being physically close to
him did not count. One had to open one’s
heart to receive his message of conversion. He was
looking to transform people, to make them capable of living
as sons and daughters of God. If I am
willing to learn Jesus’ standards and act as he does,
then I can be close to him. He will
allow me into his intimacy if I make God’s
3. Accompanying Christ: There is a mysterious reality here. I
can actually bring consolation to Christ’s heart. I can
accompany him on his divine mission. I must be
willing to renounce my will and do only the will
of the Father. Can Christ point to me and
say, “He is my brother; she is my sister;
she is my mother”? I must look at my life
and see what is not in conformity to his
will. I must make a firm resolution to show my
faith and love in the very thing that is
most difficult for me.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you give
me this short life in order to become part of
your family. I want to make the Father’s will
my own as you did. Help me to put God’s
will above everything else, so that it becomes what
I most deeply desire. Then I will truly be
Today I will make an act of charity towards
someone with whom I find it difficult to get along.