Father Robert DeCesare, LC
Matthew 12: 46-50
While Jesus was still speaking to the
crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside,
wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Look,
your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting
to speak to you." But to the one who had
told him this, Jesus replied, "Who is my mother,
and who are my brothers?" And pointing to his
disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
For whoever does the will of my Father in
heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Prayer: Lord, I begin my meditation aware of my
need of your grace and your help. Without you, Lord,
I can do nothing, but with you, Lord, I
can do all things. I believe that you are truly
present in the Eucharist. There, under the guise of
bread, Lord, you remain to be with me. I
trust in you, Lord, because you have given me a
reason for living. I trust you because you are
faithful to your promises. Lord, I love you because you
have given me the treasure of my Catholic faith.
You have given me this gift to enable me
to follow the path to heaven and be with you
Petition: Lord, grant me the grace to know your
will and to follow it in my life.
is the Goal of My Life? This is the
fundamental question of our purpose in life. The Father made
us so that we may come to know, love
and serve him in this world, so as to be
happy with him forever in the next. “Of all
visible creatures only man is ‘able to know and
love his creator’. He is "the only creature on earth
that God has willed for its own sake", and
he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love,
in God´s own life. It was for this end
that he was created” (Catechism of the Catholic Church,
356). To aid us, God gave his Son for us
to follow and to learn from, so that we
might fulfill our purpose in life. This is why we
follow him; this is why we listen to him;
so that we may fulfill our purpose.
2. I’m On a
Mission: Our mission in life is to fulfill our purpose.
Thus the fulfillment of our mission is a fundamental
concern for our conscience. The immediate norm for the
right exercise of our conscience could put it like this:
“Anything that helps me fulfill my mission is good
for me; anything that comes between me and it
is bad for me.” Or, using Christ´s words: “My food
is to do the Will of Him who sent
me and to complete his work” (John 4:34); "I do
always what pleases Him" (John 8:29). The reason is
obvious: Action follows being, so what we are determines
what we do. Similarly, the apostolic mission flows from
our Christian essence. What we are and what we do
are two sides of the same coin.
3. Part of
God’s Family: As Christ says in another passage of
the Gospel, “Whoever does the will of God is my
brother and sister and mother" (Mark 3: 35). The
family of Christ is eternal. He welcomes those who
do his will because we were made to do his
will. If we are faithful to our vocation, and
we fulfill our purpose in life, then we meet the
hopes and dreams the Lord has for us. He
wants us to be holy. He made us for
himself. Nothing would please him more than to be able
to say to us at the end of time:
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world” (Matthew 25:34).
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I
want to be part of your family. I want to
do your will, because I know that it will
make me holy. Your will is sanctifying. I want to
be sanctified. Grant me the grace to know your
will, love it and fulfill it.
will review my day before I go to bed
to examine how I have fulfilled God’s will today.