Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 19, A.D. 2005
Exodus 15:8-10, 12, 17
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my
heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50
Todayıs gospel reading reveals a very profound truth about Christianity. At
first this reading sounds like our Lord is abandoning His mother and
brothers, which is completely contrary to how we see the Lord treats His
family in other gospel passages. But the point He is making is this:
Christians belong to a much larger family, the family of God and the
Church. As Christians our family extends far beyond the bounds of blood
With this comes the many benefits and obligations of being a family member.
We can rely on love and support from our Christian family and at the same
time we are obliged to do our part to support the family with love,
charitable acts, prayer and sacrifice.
What an extended family we have! It includes St. Paul, St. Peter, our Pope
and the bishops and even our Lord himself who we can call brother. At the
head of our family is a Father who loves us completely and unconditionally
regardless of our faults and shortcomings. This is the point our Lord is
making in todayıs reading as he welcomes us as members of His spiritual
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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