“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
Tuesday 3rd Week of the Year
How wonderful it is to belong
to the family of Jesus, we call the Church.
The life and love he wanted to share with the world
was too big to be passed on through a human bloodline.
That would be just too limiting.
So Jesus found another way.
From his own experience
Jesus knew how close he drew to his Father
when he did whatever his Father asked him.
He also knew from his experience
that doing the will of his Father was more
then just being subservient to him.
The word obedience is rich in its meaning.
We derive it from the Latin word “oboedire”
which means “to listen.”
A person makes a conscious act of will to listen to someone
because that person is important to them.
So in every situation and everyone Jesus encountered,
he listened to his Father and did what was most pleasing to him.
And why? Because he loved his Father. We do the same.
We please the people we love. It gives us great joy.
So pleasing his Father gave Jesus great joy.
His joy is so great he tells his disciples, the 12 and us,
”I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15).
Jesus continues to make known to us
all that he has heard from his Father
in his holy Word, we contemplate every day.
Jesus is speaking his Word in our hearts right now.
Let us listen to his Word
and ask for the grace to do his Father’s will.
And why? Because we love him too.