Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time, January 28

In All the Relationships Which You and I Enjoy with Family and Friends, May God’s Love for Us Be Our Constant Guide for Choosing What Is Wholesome and Righteous, Rejecting All That Is Contrary to His Will.

We read in today’s Gospel a question which our Lord posed to those inside the house where Jesus was staying, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”

At first glance, one would think that Jesus was responding rudely by ignoring the presence of His family standing outside waiting to see Him. But we know that His love and respect for His Mother and His relatives was unquestionable.

Jesus never lost an opportunity to teach His disciples a spiritual lesson and truth about the Kingdom of God. On this occasion, when many gathered to hear Jesus teach and to be healed, He pointed to another higher reality of relationships, namely our relationship with God and with those who belong to God.

“Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

When you and I pause to contemplate our relationship with God, it also provides us with an opportunity to consider our relationship with those dearest to us. Who do we love and cherish the most? In our personal relationship with family and friends, who do we rely upon or confide in the most?

God did not intend for any of us to be alone. He made us to be a people whose hearts would be opened to shared relationships and interests. He made us to be a people whose hearts would be opened to the embracement of mutual love and concern for others. And throughout our lifetime, God gives us many opportunities for developing these relationships with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

For you and me, in this secular environment in which we live, we need to ask ourselves what the essence of being Christian is truly all about. It is certainly more than just doctrine, precepts, and Commandments. It is first and foremost a relationship – a relationship of trust, affection and commitment, loyalty, faithfulness and kindness – and so many other qualities that bind people together in mutual love and unity.

And God offers us the greatest of relationships – union of heart, mind, and soul with Himself, the very Author and Source of Love. God’s Love never fails, never forgets, never compromises, never lies or becomes distorted. God’s Love never lets us down nor disappoints us. His Love is unwavering and unconditional.

He will love us no matter who we are or where we find ourselves in life. It is His nature to love. That is why He created us – to be united with Him and to share in His Love and in His Unity of Persons. For God is a Trinity of Divine Persons – Father, Son, and Spirit – an Eternal Community of Divine Love.

And it is in this Love that He invites you and me to participate. It is in this Love that our life truly takes upon itself meaning. That is why Jesus challenged His followers, and even His own earthly relatives, to recognize that God is the true Source of all relationships – for God wants all of our relationships to be, first and foremost, rooted deeply in His Love.

And we see this relationship in our First Reading today, where David, as Scripture tells us, “…girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the LORD with abandon, as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.”

David surrendered himself to this Divine Love which filled his entire being. And in this relationship which David enjoyed with his God, he was promised an heir whose Royal Kingdom would, one day, last forever.

Those who have been baptized into Jesus Christ enter into a new family – for Jesus becomes our Brother, and His Father becomes our Father. And we all become brothers and sisters in Christ, adopted children of the One True God.

Our adoption as sons and daughters of our Creator and Savior transforms all of our relationships and requires a new order of loyalty to God first, and to His Kingdom of righteousness and peace – for, as Saint Paul tells us in his Letter to the Galatians, So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

In all the relationships which you and I enjoy with family and friends, may God’s Love for us be our constant guide for choosing what is wholesome and righteous, rejecting all that is contrary to His will.

And with the help of His grace, may the gift of faith, to which you and I have been called to give witness in our daily lives, foster a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, who is truly our dearest and closest and most intimate Friend and Brother!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • A crowd seated around [Jesus] 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?’ (Mark 3:31-32)
  • 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.’(Mark 3:34-35)
  • “When your days have been completed and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you…and I will establish his royal throne forever.” (2 Samuel 7:12a, 13b)
  • “Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him; we are his people, the flock he shepherds.” (Psalm 100:3)
  • “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are,” (1 John 3:1ab)
  • “So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” (Galatians 4:7)
  • “In love, he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will.” (Ephesians 1:4b-5)
  • “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)

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Prayer for the Day

“Jesus, Loving Companion of Your children,

You have extended Your friendship to all.

You opened Your arms without discrimination,

offering Your warmth and hope to those seeking comfort.

“Endow me with the virtue of such a friendship,

to know, love and trust all on an equal basis;

To share my friendship without prejudice,

and to be charitable towards those who are less fortunate.

“Fashion my heart to reflect Your qualities,

those befitting a loving and caring spirit.

Jesus, You showed me the way to true friendship;

Help me to be more like You in the world around me. Amen.”

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