Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 20, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.
Today's gospel reading may be one of the toughest to swallow. On the
surface our Lord seems to be rejecting his family outright. In fact, In
Mark's version of this incident, Jesus asks the question, "Who are my mother
and brothers?" (Mark 3:33) Why would He seem to brush away His mother, the
Blessed Virgin Mary who bore Him and those who were his family for thirty
years before He began His ministry?
To read the scripture this way is certainly to miss the point. The Father,
through His Son has adopted us into His Holy family as Paul says in
Ephesians, "In love He destined us for adoption to Himself through Jesus
Christ, in accord with the favor o fHis will, for the praise of the glory of
His grace that He granted us in the beloved." This adoption makes us all
brothers and sisters to each other and to our Savior, all of us children of
the Father. This is precisely what Jesus is saying, that those of us who
hear the Word of God, take it to heart, believe in faith and follow His way
are truly His brothers and sisters. In no way is he dismissing His earthly
mother and "brothers" since He speaks here strictly in the spiritual sense.
This certainly was a radical change in the religious thinking of His time
and the Pharisees who heard this most certainly were angered that He had the
audacity to claim a father-son relationship with God, and to include all of
His followers as well. But that is the part of the beauty of God's
salvation plan. He loves us so much that He desires the closest
relationship possible with us and has adopted us as His own.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr
St. Paul Chong Hasang, martyr
and their companions, martyrs
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