Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reflection: Luke 8:19-21

Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time – Luke 8:19-21

The Gospel for today is very short. It only has three verses. This Gospel tells the story of Mary, his mother, and his brothers coming to visit Jesus. Naturally they were anxious to see Jesus but he was surrounded by a large crowd of people. His disciples hurried to tell Jesus that his mother and family had come. Jesus responds to this information in a bit of a harsh way. He asks: who is my mother, my brothers and sisters? The words sound harsh and even uncaring.

However, perhaps Jesus was making the point that his kingdom is inclusive! He is “related to” and concerned about every person---not just his family. Jesus has a very large family. Everyone is invited! Some do not respond to this invitation but Jesus is continually inviting us. Jesus is there waiting for us! What will be my response? What will your response be?

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