The Memorial of St Francis de Sales
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK
Heb. 10:1-10, Mk 3:31-35. Heb. 10:1-10, Mk 3:31-35. Fidelity to God’s will incorporates us into Divine family. Jesus identifies the true disciple not by position, special privileges of birth, talents and financial resources, but by fidelity in the routines of life. We are enjoined to undertake all we do as though in the context of family life, regarding others as sister or brother, mother or father.
At first, reading today’s Gospel seems to show Jesus as breaking with family ties rather than as forming a new one for His followers. When His mother Mary and others relatives come to Him, one might expect Him to drop everything and devote His attention to them. The words of Jesus startle us. Clearly, there are moments when we should embrace our family circle and other moments when we turn outward to be of loving service to outsiders. Jesus gives the example of these aspects: He is conscious of His family, yet from the Cross in His dying moments He provides for His mother Mary (Jn 19:25-27). If God’s prompting is normally found in small events of family life and in sharing of loving concern for others, the message of today’s first reading remain relevant as it challenges us to root our daily intentions in the strength and goodness of Jesus. Repeatedly, we need to turn to Him, to purify our motives and form an ever wider circle of love.
May the help those who seek the truth to find it and let us bee consecrated in truth! Amen!! Good morning and have a terrific day!!!