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.
me to put my will in conformity with yours.
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?
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 will mine.
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 yours.
Resolution: Today I will make an act of charity
towards someone with whom I find it difficult to