Looking at those who sat around him, Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
– Mark 3:34-35
We need to slowly absorb what Jesus is telling us here…because it is so awesome! We truly must properly reflect on Jesus’ remarkable statement, so as not to miss the magnitude of His generous promise.
“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Yes, if we do God’s will, much in the same way that Jesus did the will of the Father, we will merit to be considered as close and most intimate members of Jesus’ family, and we will share in His life accordingly.
What a great and gracious privilege!
“Everyone who does the will of the Father, that is to say, who obeys Him, is a brother or sister of Christ, because he is like Him who fulfilled the will of His Father. But he who not only obeys but converts others, begets Christ in them, and thus becomes like the Mother of Christ” – St. Thomas
My Jesus, my Lord and my God,
I so want to be part of Your immediate family,
one of Your siblings
to share so intimately in Your life;
and to have You daily in mine.
Lord, hold my hand and teach me
and lead me to do Your will.
Help me, guide me, strengthen me,
that I will keep Your Commandments.
Remove from me all that is not from You,
and help me become more like You,
and worthy of belonging to Your family.
For this I pray with all my heart. Amen.