23rd of July

Publié le 22 Juillet 2019

Gospel text

(Mt 12,46-50): 

While Jesus was still talking to the people, his mother and his brothers wanted to speak to him and they waited outside. So someone said to him, «Your mother and your brothers are just outside; they want to speak with you». Jesus answered, «Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?». Then He pointed to his disciples and said, «Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me brother, sister, or mother».


The Application


How to know the divine will? It is by reading the Bible, listening to our brothers and sisters and watching the creation. God has his own way of addressing to us and we can never master it. It is the time and the space which will help us, very often in later days, to understand the divine will. To simplify our research of divine will, let us look at the personal life of saints and our salvation history. They do narrate us how God spoke to the people in the history and the way people responded to the divine will. The best person to look for is Jesus Himself.

In the salvation history we discover that God continues to accompany us, particularly in our difficult time. Sometime He carries us, but we realise it very late. Not to repeat the mistake of our early generations, Jesus is inviting us to become members of His Family, which is narrowly related to the Father. Knowing the Father, loving Him and doing exactly what He desires, will be the way of our own happiness.

Do we really feel that we are member of the family of Jesus? Am I capable of associating myself to Mary in doing the divine will?

Act of the day: try to do an act of charity, which will please the Lord. Make this prayer, ‘Lord speak, thy servant listens’.

«Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me (...) mother»

Fr. Pere SUÑER i Puig SJ 
(Barcelona, Spain)

Today, to start with, the Gospel surprises us: «Who is my mother? (Mt 12:48), wonders Jesus. It would seem the Lord is showing a contemptuous attitude towards Mary, his mother. Nothing of the sort! What Jesus wants to make quite clear is that, in his own eyes —God's eyes— the crucial value of a person does not lie on flesh and blood facts, but on the spiritual disposition to accept God's will: «Then He pointed to his disciples and said, ‘Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me brother, sister, or mother’» (Mt 12:49-50). At that time, God's will was for Jesus to evangelize those who were listening and for these ones to actually listen to him. This was a priority over any other value, no matter how dear. To abide by his Father's will, Jesus Christ had left Mary and now He was preaching far away from home. 

But, who was ever more willing to abide by God's will than Mary? «‘I am the Lord's servant’, Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said’» (Lk 1:38). This is why, St. Augustine says that Mary, first accepted God's word with a spirit of obedience and, only afterwards, she conceived it in her womb for the Incarnation. 

In other words: God loves us as per our saintliness. The Virgin Mary is the most blessed, and, therefore, the most loved. However, God does not love us because we may be saints. It is rather the other way round: we are saints because He loves us. The first one to love is always our Lord (cf. 1Jn 4:10). Mary proves it when she says: «For He has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness» (Lk 1:48). In God's eyes our own lowliness is evident; but He wants to magnify us, to sanctify us.


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