Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus - Mark 3:31-35
From a mother’s perspective, today’s Gospel can seem a bit harsh. After all, Mary and some of Jesus’ other relatives are asking for him and Jesus basically says, “Who cares? The ties that bind are not biological but rather ones of faith and service to God.” Perhaps Mary’s feelings were a bit hurt. She was human. She cared for her son as much as all of us care for our children, perhaps even more since she was without sin. Rejection is painful.
On the other hand, Mary might have understood better than anyone else the scope of Jesus’ mission. She knew that Jesus needed to be doing His Father’s work. She was the first among all humanity in doing the will of God. Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Mary more than meets the standard for admission to that group.
We are also all invited to be brothers and sisters of Jesus. That can seem to be old news. Many of us have heard it since we were small children. If you take time to truly ponder that gift, however, it is awe-inspiring. We are invited to be brothers and sisters of God! The response to that invitation rests in our hands. Will we do the will of God?
How can you do the will of God today?
Dear Jesus, I want to be counted among Your brothers and sisters. Please help me to always do Your will.
Copyright 2021 Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
About the Author
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has a Master’s Degree in Applied Theology and is the author of The Catholic Baby Name Book, The Power of Forgiveness, and Our Lady of La Salette: A Mother Weeps for Her Children. A mother of three, she is the editor of TodaysCatholicHomeschooling.com as well as a freelance writer and editor.