January 24 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

1/24/2022 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reading: Mark 3:31-35

31 The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
32 A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.”
33 But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
34 And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.
35 For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

1/24/2022 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reflection: Mark 3:31-35

The gospel passage above tells us that Jesus’ mother and His brothers were looking for Him. They were greatly concerned by the negative stories they heard about Jesus. Is there a mother who would like her son to be accused as “possessed by Beelzebul”? Or a brother who would just shrugged his shoulders even if Jesus was not eating on time because of the great crowd that often followed Him? Yet the most disturbing news perhaps was that the authorities were spying on His every move and words and that they might harm Him and the whole family will be affected. And so here they are, looking for Jesus. Perhaps they needed to convince Him to just come back home and live a simple and quiet life. Perhaps, they thought, it was best for Jesus to just stop all together His teaching, healing and serving activities.

Jesus was surely aware of the concerns of His family. Yet His response to them was a bit surprising. Some people might even consider this as rude and that He lacks concern for His own mother and brothers. Of course, this cannot be the case. Jesus can never turn His back on His family. In fact, at the moment of death, He remembered His mother and lovingly entrusted Her to John (John 19:26-27).

Jesus knew the importance of family. However, for Jesus, the family of God is far more important than our physical family. It was indeed difficult for Jesus to leave behind His own family. Yet He cannot forgo the call of mission. Obeying the will of His Father in heaven is paramount. And so, He took the occasion as another opportunity to teach a valuable wisdom. His message: if you wish to become a member of God’s family, do His will.

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