“Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Mt 12:50)
The Gospel today is one that always makes me feel good.
Jesus was told by someone in the crowd that his family was there to see Him. His response was that everyone who does the will of God was His family.
End of story.
Many people think that Jesus was being testy. That is not the case at all. He was merely pointing out a huge reality: we all belong.
After all, if God is our Father, we are all family. We all matter. We are all just as important as anyone else.
That is something that we should keep in mind and also something that we should celebrate.
Too many times, we feel bad about ourselves. We do not think that we matter. We matter greatly to God.
Too many times, we put others down. We need to remember that they matter greatly to God as well.
FAITH ACTION: Is there someone in your life whom you do not treat well? Do what you can to bring God’s love to that person today. It may be as concrete as doing something good for that person. It may be more spiritual as in praying for that person. Either way, have that person’s good in mind this day.