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Matthew 12:46-50

While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" And pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Matthew 12:46-50
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    • When was the last time I felt I was left “standing outside”? When I feel this way, do I try to speak to Jesus?
    • Because I at least try to do the will of God, I am a member of Jesus’ inner family circle! Let this make me happy today.
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    • This may seem a rather abrupt gospel reading, but in fact Jesus is paying homage to Mary, the one whose ‘fiat’ to the Father was the greatest act of all. Who more than Mary as a young girl did the will of the Father? Who responded with such generosity and grace to what seemed an impossible task? Whose heart would be pierced with a sword, whose sorrow was so great?
    • Thank you Mary for your ‘fiat’ your ‘yes’ to the Father which brought new life to us all. Help us to respond to the Father’s will with your generosity and serenity of heart.
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    • I enter into this scene by talking to Mary and asking her what she wanted to say to Jesus. She might then ask me: ‘What do I want to say to him?’ Prayer can often be a loving conversation with God, in which I share what is important to me, and I listen to what God has to say.
    • Being a disciple brings a great privilege: it means that I am a member of the family of Jesus. He looks on me with the same affection that he shows to his mother and brothers. Let me rest in that for a few moments now, and come back to it when I feel lonely and unwanted.
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    • Jesus counts me among his closest, his next-of-kin. I show that this is my identity as I do the will of God.
    • I pray that I may do the will of God with joy and courage, perhaps praying the ‘Our Father’ as I ask that God’s will be done in this world as it is in heaven.
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    • Can I imagine this scene? Jesus' beloved family comes by as he is preaching. He seizes the chance to widen that fortunate group. He is not denying family ties, but extending them with a gesture that is like an ordination. When he points to the group of disciples, can I imagine that I am standing among them?
    • Belonging to God is basic relationship, prior to all human relations. We came from God before we came from father and mother. There are times when family goes second to God. How would Mary have taken this statement? Was she being diminished? Her faith was deep and strong enough to know that her spiritual relationship to her Son was stronger even that the human mother-son relationship.
    • The relationship we have with Jesus is founded on something deeper than even the deepest human relationships of family. We are the family of God and are brother and sister to Jesus when we try to do God’s will and to make God’s kingdom come. Prayer deepens our appreciation of the values of the kingdom of God: justice, holiness, peace, compassion, faith, and love - all that is central to the life of Jesus.
    • I wonder what did his mother and family want to speak to him about? The evidence is that they were coming from home to take him back home. Jesus, with his teaching and challenging religious views, was becoming an embarrassment if not a danger to his family. Jesus' way of life would lead him into opposition with those closest to him, his family.
    • Jesus counts me among his closest, his next-of-kin. I show that this is my identity as I do the will of God.
    • I pray that I may do the will of God with joy and courage, perhaps praying the ‘Our Father’ as I ask that God’s will be done in this world as it is in heaven.
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    • Can I imagine this scene? Jesus' beloved family comes by as he is preaching. He seizes the chance to widen that fortunate group. He is not denying family ties, but extending them with a gesture that is like an ordination. When he points to the group of disciples, can I imagine that I am standing among them?
    • Belonging to God is basic relationship, prior to all human relations. We came from God before we came from father and mother. There are times when family goes second to God. How would Mary have taken this statement? Was she being diminished? Her faith was deep and strong enough to know that her spiritual relationship to her Son was stronger even that the human mother-son relationship.
    • The relationship we have with Jesus is founded on something deeper than even the deepest human relationships of family. We are the family of God and are brother and sister to Jesus when we try to do God’s will and to make God’s kingdom come. Prayer deepens our appreciation of the values of the kingdom of God: justice, holiness, peace, compassion, faith, and love - all that is central to the life of Jesus.
    • I wonder what did his mother and family want to speak to him about? The evidence is that they were coming from home to take him back home. Jesus, with his teaching and challenging religious views, was becoming an embarrassment if not a danger to his family. Jesus' way of life would lead him into opposition with those closest to him, his family.
    • Jesus counts me among his closest, his next-of-kin. I show that this is my identity as I do the will of God.
    • I pray that I may do the will of God with joy and courage, perhaps praying the ‘Our Father’ as I ask that God’s will be done in this world as it is in heaven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Can I imagine this scene? Jesus' beloved family comes by as he is preaching. He seizes the chance to widen that fortunate group. He is not denying family ties, but extending them with a gesture that is like an ordination. When he points to the group of disciples, can I imagine that I am standing among them?
    • Belonging to God is basic relationship, prior to all human relations. We came from God before we came from father and mother. There are times when family goes second to God. How would Mary have taken this statement? Was she being diminished? Her faith was deep and strong enough to know that her spiritual relationship to her Son was stronger even that the human mother-son relationship.
    • The relationship we have with Jesus is founded on something deeper than even the deepest human relationships of family. We are the family of God and are brother and sister to Jesus when we try to do God’s will and to make God’s kingdom come. Prayer deepens our appreciation of the values of the kingdom of God: justice, holiness, peace, compassion, faith, and love - all that is central to the life of Jesus.
    • I wonder what did his mother and family want to speak to him about? The evidence is that they were coming from home to take him back home. Jesus, with his teaching and challenging religious views, was becoming an embarrassment if not a danger to his family. Jesus' way of life would lead him into opposition with those closest to him, his family.
    • Jesus counts me among his closest, his next-of-kin. I show that this is my identity as I do the will of God.
    • I pray that I may do the will of God with joy and courage, perhaps praying the ‘Our Father’ as I ask that God’s will be done in this world as it is in heaven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Can I imagine this scene? Jesus' beloved family comes by as he is preaching. He seizes the chance to widen that fortunate group. He is not denying family ties, but extending them with a gesture that is like an ordination. When he points to the group of disciples, can I imagine that I am standing among them?
    • Belonging to God is basic relationship, prior to all human relations. We came from God before we came from father and mother. There are times when family goes second to God. How would Mary have taken this statement? Was she being diminished? Her faith was deep and strong enough to know that her spiritual relationship to her Son was stronger even that the human mother-son relationship.
    • The relationship we have with Jesus is founded on something deeper than even the deepest human relationships of family. We are the family of God and are brother and sister to Jesus when we try to do God’s will and to make God’s kingdom come. Prayer deepens our appreciation of the values of the kingdom of God: justice, holiness, peace, compassion, faith, and love - all that is central to the life of Jesus.
    • I wonder what did his mother and family want to speak to him about? The evidence is that they were coming from home to take him back home. Jesus, with his teaching and challenging religious views, was becoming an embarrassment if not a danger to his family. Jesus' way of life would lead him into opposition with those closest to him, his family.
    • Jesus counts me among his closest, his next-of-kin. I show that this is my identity as I do the will of God.
    • I pray that I may do the will of God with joy and courage, perhaps praying the ‘Our Father’ as I ask that God’s will be done in this world as it is in heaven.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Can I imagine this scene? Jesus' beloved family comes by as he is preaching. He seizes the chance to widen that fortunate group. He is not denying family ties, but extending them with a gesture that is like an ordination. When he points to the group of disciples, can I imagine that I am standing among them?
    • Belonging to God is basic relationship, prior to all human relations. We came from God before we came from father and mother. There are times when family goes second to God. How would Mary have taken this statement? Was she being diminished? Her faith was deep and strong enough to know that her spiritual relationship to her Son was stronger even that the human mother-son relationship.
    • The relationship we have with Jesus is founded on something deeper than even the deepest human relationships of family. We are the family of God and are brother and sister to Jesus when we try to do God’s will and to make God’s kingdom come. Prayer deepens our appreciation of the values of the kingdom of God: justice, holiness, peace, compassion, faith, and love - all that is central to the life of Jesus.
    • I wonder what did his mother and family want to speak to him about? The evidence is that they were coming from home to take him back home. Jesus, with his teaching and challenging religious views, was becoming an embarrassment if not a danger to his family. Jesus' way of life would lead him into opposition with those closest to him, his family.
    • Jesus counts me among his closest, his next-of-kin. I show that this is my identity as I do the will of God.
    • I pray that I may do the will of God with joy and courage, perhaps praying the ‘Our Father’ as I ask that God’s will be done in this world as it is in heaven.