Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mother, Brother, Sister

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Matthew 12:46-50


Dear Father by doing your will we can be sure of having not only one mother but several as well as brothers and sisters. Doing your will means loving our neighbor as our self. When we love those around us they become our family. Even though we are born from parents and have siblings these are the bonds we have to nurture us on our journey in life. Jesus who happens to have been doing your will dear Father teaches us to do the same. When he was speaking to the crowd he included them as his mother, brother and sister while you alone are the Father. May we see those around us as our mother, brother and sister. That no matter what their station in life is, they belong as part of our family. May we come to do your will dear Father that we embrace love of neighbor in all who we meet this day and each day that is to come. Amen

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