The mother and relatives of Jesus came to him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, «Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and wish to meet you». Then Jesus answered, «My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it».
We are limited with visible and palpable elements. Today Jesus is inviting us to see beyond anything visible and palpable. The moment we are able to see what is invisible, we will understand the relationship that God desires to establish with us. Today Jesus is helping us to understand the best way to relate with the Father and how to be happy in our daily life.
This is not an artificial relationship, rather an affective and familial one. God wishes to relate with us, just like anyone of us, in our normal human relationship. Thus He doesn’t hesitate to associate us all to this spiritual family, where we are called to be members.
This membership is accorded, not by desire, rather the way we listen to the Word of God and our radical application of the love commandment in our daily life. Since the Word of God is filled with love, it is in this love we are called to practice what we have already heard in Jesus.
Action of the day: Listen and act
«My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it»
Fr. Xavier JAUSET i Clivillé
Today, we can read a beautiful passage of the Gospel. Jesus is not showing any disrespect for his mother, inasmuch as She has been the first one to hear the Word of God, and He, who is the Word of God, was born from Her. At the same time She is who, most perfectly, has fulfilled God's will: «Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done onto me according to your word» (Lk 1:38), was Her answer to the Angel of the Annunciation.
Jesus tells us what we need to do to likewise pertain to his family: «those who hear...» (Lk 8:21) and to hear him we must get close to him, as his own relatives did, when they went where He was, but could not get to him because of the crowd. But, then, they tried to get closer. It might be convenient for us to ask ourselves if, to get closer to the Word of God, we do fight and try to overcome the obstacles we keep finding on the way. Do I devote, every day, a few minutes to reading, listening to or mulling over the Holy Scriptures? St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us «we must continuously meditate the Word of God (...); this meditation is a powerful help in our fight against sin».
And, finally, to abide by the Word. It is not enough to hear the Word; we must put it into action if we want to become God's relatives. We must put into practice what we are told! This is why it would perhaps be good to ask ourselves whether we only behave obediently when what we are asked just suits us well or is rather easy to do, or if, on the contrary, when it means giving up our comfort, our own prestige, our material things or whatever leisure time we may have at our disposal..., we use to place the Word between parenthesis, until some better time may come. Let us pray to the Virgin Mary that, as She did once, we may hear and abide by the Word of God, so that we shall, thus, be able to follow the path leading to eternal happiness.