Today’s Thoughts: At first hearing we might be taken aback by today’s Gospel (Matt.12:46-50), how could Jesus be so rude to his family? Why would he not go out and at least speak to Mary? It seems disrespectful. It seems to go against everything Jesus teaches. What about the commandment, “Honor your father and mother?”
We can look at this Gospel story through these questions or we can see it another way. Perhaps Jesus was not being rude or disrespectful; perhaps he was just taking the opportunity to expand our understanding of family. Perhaps he was taking the opportunity to help us understand better what it means to be community, to be church, to be family, to be the Body of Christ!
As people who believe we are not on this journey alone, we traveling as community, as church, as family, as the Body of Christ. Jesus is just reminding us that we are connected, and we can draw upon the strength of the many to help us in those moments of doubt, struggle and challenge. Believing in, valuing and living out our relationship with God makes us part of a great family of believers.
As we journey through this day let us trust in the presence of a family of faith that means we are never alone, that we are always loved by God.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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