24th JANUARY 2023

Riječ dana: Tko su majka, tko braća moja? (Mk 3, 31-35) | Hrvatsko  katoličko sveučilište



Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bp, Dr


Heb 10: 1-10;                         Ps 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 10-11;                       Mk 3: 31-35




Imagine someone announcing to us that Pope Francis’ sister would be visiting our parish or a close relation of someone we greatly admired of considered prominent or impressive was somewhere nearby. Wouldn’t we at least be a little intrigued and interested in catching a glimpse of them? Something like this happens in today’s Gospel.

As soon as it had been announced that the mother and brothers of Jesus are outside, the attention of the crowd sitting around Jesus may have gone to the door to catch a glimpse of the people who shared such an intimate bond with the person they considered so special. They must have even experienced holy envy of Mary and the brothers of Jesus. And it is in this scenario that we see how different Jesus is from anybody else that we admire.

No matter how much we desire or try to, we can only admire our earthly heroes, we cannot have a familial relationship with them. This, however, is not true with Jesus. Saint John tells us to all who accepted Him, He gave power to become children of God (Jn 1:12). Jesus is literally saying, “Why are you looking at others when you yourself are my mother, brother and sisters!” Jesus’ Incarnation was precisely to restore this filial relationship with the Holy Trinity that our first parents had lost through sin. But this relationship needs to be nurtured by continually choosing to do the will of God.

The supreme model for this is Our Blessed Mother. She is the one who was the first to accept him at the Annunciation, giving her Fiat to the will of God. And continuing to do so all through her life, right up to the day of her Assumption into heaven. May this Mother, so gentle, kind, benevolent, pure and holy pray for us her sinful children that we too may be filled with the Holy Spirit to always do the will of God.

Response: See, I have come, Lord, to do your will.

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