From the very beginning of the Revelation we have received, beginning in the Old Testament, we encounter the notion and the nature of the deep and lasting relationship the Lord has always wanted for us. Like a good earthly father who wants to give his own family all he has for love and survival, we look to our Heavenly Father, Who does the same. When we realize and accept this truth, we can easily join the Psalmist in the moment of pure joy: “Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year.”
Today’s Gospel brings closer to us the moment Jesus makes this intimate relationship so much clearer and more meaningful: “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Jesus was not minimizing His relationship with His mother through these words. He was expanding it. He hungers, through Divine Love, to include all of us in the “family circle” of God. In doing so, He invites us on the journey home. In this exchange, Jesus really opens up the interior importance and meaning of the motherhood of Mary – and through that relationship – the interior meaning of all family relationships. The Church is a family. Understanding and living this insight is the key to a deep and wonderful spiritual life. Our vocation is fundamentally about relationships and communion. All who are incorporated into the Body of Jesus Christ through Baptism begin even now to experience the intimacy (expressed in family relationships) that is the essence of the very life of the Most Holy Trinity. Through His life, death, and Resurrection, Jesus opens a way for every man, woman, and child, who chooses to do the will of His Father to enter into the very family circle of God through truly living our lives in Him.
My friends, we are His Family, and He is Ours! Think about it for just a minute, especially when the day gets a little tough and lonely. Be loved.
“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” Brene Brown