Posted by: livingscripture | September 23, 2014

Twenty-fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

…My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

 (Luke 8: 22)      

 

How should we live this Word pppas0244

Today’s Gospel presents us with lovely and enthusing news.  We can be the brothers and sisters of Jesus and even His mother if we receive His Word and live it.  It is always consoling to know that someone loves us, beyond family relations.  In this way, the Church becomes a place of fraternal welcome, a community where we can experience concord and goodness, a people united, not by blood ties, but by faith.

There is no limit and no marginalization with God.  We are all His sons and daughters, his sisters and brothers among ourselves.  We can become mothers of Christ spiritually, after Mary’s example, woman of faith and charity, when we listen to the divine Word and accomplish it concretely in our life through our coherent and authentic witness.

Jesus presents His community as a new situation.  It is not based on family relationships, but on the same experience of faith, with broader community relationships.  To listen to God’s Word and live it, is the essential reality for a life that is truly Christian.  This makes us live intimately with God and in deep communion with each other.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for making me a real part of His intimate family. 

God, make us capable of building a community that welcomes everyone, that is a concrete expression of familiarity with God and with each other.  Give us the enthusiasm to live happily because we are ‘sisters and brothers and mothers of Jesus. 

The voice of Saint Augustine, Convert and Church Doctor

It is not a distant thing for you to be Christ’s mother.  It is neither outside of you nor incompatible with you.  You have become children and mothers.  You have become children of the mother when you were baptized, so you were born as Christ’s members.  Lead as many as possible to the waters of Baptism so that, just as you have become children when you were born, so you can also be mothers of Christ by leading others to birth.

 


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