Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from padrejorge

2018 COMMENTARY

You know that when we are in a state of grace Jesus always abides in our hearts. His great desire is to be all for us. It seems like a dream too beautiful to be true that Jesus, so good, so powerful, so gentle, should wish to be our brother, and yet it is He himself who says to us: “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, my sister, my mother.” These are Jesus’ own words.Therefore, to come to the happiness of having Jesus as our brother and closest friend, we have to do his Father’s will. Well then! What is this will? First of all to shun sin and, if we fall into it through weakness, immediately to ask forgiveness. Then, to do all our actions for Him. He is so good that he accepts our least action done for Him. You know what you have to do; it only remains to sanctify it by dedicating it to God.

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Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Living Space

2018 Tuesday of week 3 of Ordinary Time – Gospel

Commentary on Mark 3:31-35

We know that many of Jesus’ family already thought he was mad and he had become an embarrassment to them. Now they come to the house where Jesus is teaching and, standing outside, send in a message asking for him. Do they want to talk with him or to remove him from what he is doing?

The message is sent in: “Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.” To which Jesus replies, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And pointing to those sitting at his feet listening to his teaching, he says, “Here are my mother and my brothers.” And he clarifies that further by adding, “Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.”

We should note that Jesus’ family is described twice as being on the “outside”. They are “outsiders”. By implication, those sitting in a circle with Jesus are on the “inside”; they are the “insiders”.

What Jesus is clearly saying is that being on the “inside” is not just a question of location but of relationship. That relationship is not by blood but by identification with the Way of Jesus. To be a Christian is to enter into a new family, with stronger ties than those of blood and where everyone is seen as a brother of a sister. The “insider” is defined simply as “anyone who does the will of God”. So it can include those who are not Christian at all.

A disturbing question that might arise from this passage is the status of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Was she also on the “outside”? The answer is an unequivocal ‘No’. We know from Luke’s gospel that, when invited by the angel to be the mother of Jesus, Mary gave an unconditional ‘Yes’. “Behold, I am the slave girl of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” This was her total surrender to the will of God and it was something that she never withdrew through all the difficulties she experienced and, most of all, when the “sword of sorrow” pierced her heart as she saw her own Son’s heart pierced on the Cross. She was with him to the very end and finally would share his joy in the Resurrection.

On one occasion (Luke 11:27-28), when Mary was praised as blessed and privileged for having a Son like Jesus, Jesus replied, “No, blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” Mary is on the “inside”, not because she was the mother of Jesus but because of her total identifying with his mission and being with him to the very end.

May we be able to say the same.

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Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from FaithND

2018 Reflection – January 23, 2018

Ginna Dybicz ’08, ’10 M.Ed.

One day when I was in elementary school, my teacher read aloud the story of the calling of the disciples. Afterwards, she gestured to the classroom door and asked, “If Jesus walked in here right now and asked you to leave your families and follow him, would you?” Horrified, my 8-year-old self thought, “No way! I love my mom!”

The calling of the disciples occurs in the same chapter as today’s Gospel reading, which almost sounds like a rejection of Jesus’ own family: “Who are my mother and my brothers? …Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Jesus cannot be dismissing his relatives, though, because Mary followed God’s will perfectly. Furthermore, Jesus shares the gift of her motherhood with us from his cross.

So, rather than serving as a demand to reject our own families, perhaps Christ’s words are better understood as an invitation to join his family. This same invitation is a challenge: to do the will of God. It is easier said than done, of course, but Jesus shows us in this chapter that we do not have to do the will of God by ourselves. He walks with us, healing us through the sacraments as he healed the man with the withered hand. He guides us through the Church, teaching us through the apostolic succession that began with his first disciples. He gives us brothers and sisters in faith serving with us on earth and praying for us in heaven.

So, if Jesus walked through the doorway at this very moment, would I follow him? I now hope that I would have the courage to answer his invitation. I still love my mom, of course, and among the many reasons why is the example of her devotion to Jesus through his own mother. And so, I’m confident that if I followed him, I’d find myself walking alongside many new brothers and sisters—and my mom.

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Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from My Catholic Life book

Becoming a Member of Jesus’ Family

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

“Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”  Mark 3:33-35

Jesus said many shocking things throughout His public ministry. They were “shocking” in that His words were often way beyond the limited comprehension of many who heard Him. Interestingly, He wasn’t in the habit of quickly trying to clear up the misunderstandings. Rather, He often left those who misinterpreted what He said remain in their ignorance. There is a powerful lesson in this.

First of all, let’s look at the example of this passage from today’s Gospel.  No doubt there was probably a sort of hush that came over the crowd when Jesus said this. Many who listened most likely thought Jesus was being rude to His mother and relatives. But was He? Is this how His Blessed Mother took it? Certainly not.

What this highlights is that His Blessed Mother, above all, is His mother primarily because of her obedience to God’s will. Her blood relationship was significant. But she was even more His mother because she fulfilled the requirement of perfect obedience to the will of God. Therefore, by her perfect obedience to God she was perfectly the mother of her Son.

But this passage also reveals that Jesus was often not that concerned with the fact that some misunderstood Him. Why is that the case? Because He knows how His message is communicated and best received. He knows that His message can only be received by those who listen with an open heart and with faith. And He knows that those who have an open heart in faith will understand, or at least ponder what He said until the message sinks in.

The message of Jesus cannot be argued and defended in the same way as some philosophical maxim can be. Rather, His message can only be received and understood by those who have an open heart. There should be no doubt that as Mary listened to those words of Jesus with her perfect faith she understood and was filled with joy. It was her perfect “Yes” to God that enabled her to understand all thatJesus said. Consequently, this enabled Mary to claim the holy title of “Mother” far more than her blood relation. Her blood relation is no doubt greatly significant, but her spiritual bond is so much more.

Reflect, today, upon the fact that you, too, are called to be a member of the intimate family of Jesus.  You are called into His family through your obedience to His holy will.  You are called to be attentive, listen, understand and then act on all that He speaks.  Say “Yes” to our Lord, this day, and allow that “Yes” to be the foundation of your familial relationship with Him.

Lord, help me to always listen with an open heart. Help me to reflect upon Your words with faith. In this act of faith, allow me to grow deeper in my bond with You as I enter Your divine family.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Source: mycatholic.life/books/catholic-daily-reflections-series/ordinary-time-weeks-1-17/third-week-in-ordinary-time/

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Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Navchetana

2016 Tuesday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time

Hebrews 10:1-10;Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11; Mark 3:31-35

Members of God’s family

Jesus had come that he might bring dispute in the family. Although what is reflected in the words if Jesus is the lived experience of the believers of the early church yet, is very much the experience of Jesus himself. Since he wanted to bring about the Kingdom of God bringing an end to every other force working against the Kingdom, he was sure to meet opposition from these forces. In today’s gospel, we see the result of the calumny spread by some people that he was out of his mind (3:21).

The reaction of the family to this calumny can be read in two ways: It must have been caused by the genuine feeling of concern about Jesus who is defamed by the enemies. The family wants to save him from further defamation. They must also have heard about the conspiracy of the Pharisees and the Herodians (3:6). In this case, they were concerned with his very safety. On the contrary, the possibility of the unbelief of his own relatives cannot be ruled out (Jn 7:5). If unbelief is the reason for his family’s reaction, we need to assume that they have joined those who work against the Kingdom of God. In this case, they stand outside the circle of Jesus and those who are listening to him are counted in his circle. Whatever way we read the story, we find Jesus redefining his familial relationship. It is no longer based on the biological relationship, but based on faith in Jesus. It is those who do the will of God by listening to Jesus and believing in him that are his mother, brothers and sisters!

In this surprising reaction of Jesus one wonders if he is rejecting his relationship with his biological family. However, Mary is the first human being who believed and did the will of God at the beginning of the process of incarnation. She would be there with him at the beginning of his public ministry at Cana (Jn 2:1-12) and at the end of it at the foot of the cross (Jn 19:25-27). Similarly, James, brother of the Lord was at the head of the Church at Jerusalem (Gal 1:19).

The response of Jesus is also a shaded critique on unbelieving Jews who prided themselves on the fact that they were Jews who belonged to the family of God. It is a corrective given to them and all others who aspire for an automatic inclusion of themselves in the family of God. Whoever you are, in the scheme of the Kingdom of God, God’s familial relationship has to be merited by means of faith and the corresponding works. Dr. Benny Thettayil CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2016-01-26

2017 Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Heb 10: 1-10; Ps 39: 2 and 4ab. 7-8a. 10. 11; Mk 3: 31-35

(St Francis de Sales – Feast)

The true kinship

Here Jesus lays down the conditions of true kinship. It is not solely a matter of flesh and blood. It can happen that a man is really nearer to someone who is no blood relation to him at all than he is to those who are bound to him by the closest ties of kin and blood. Wherein lies this true kinship?

True kinship lies in a common experience, especially when it is an experience where two people have really come through things together. It has been said that two people really become friends when they are able to say to each other, “Do you remember?” and then go on talking about the things they have come through together. The basis of true kinship lies in a common experience, and Christians have the common experience of being forgiven sinners.

True kinship lies in a common interest. Only when isolated worshipping Christian units became part of a group which was bound together by a common interest did real kinship come into being. Christians have that common interest because they are all people who desire to know more about Jesus Christ. True kinship lies in a common obedience. The disciples were a very mixed group. All kinds of beliefs and opinions were mixed up among them. A tax-collector like Matthew and a fanatical nationalist like Simon the Zealot ought to have hated each other like poison and no doubt at one time did. But they were bound together because both had accepted Jesus Christ as Master and Lord. Men can become friends of each other when they share a common master. Men can love each other only when they all love Jesus Christ.

True kinship lies in a common goal. There is nothing for binding men together like a common aim. The churches will never draw together so long as they argue about the ordination of their ministers, the form of church government, the administration of the sacraments and all the rest of it. The one thing on which they can all come together is the fact that all of them are seeking to win men for Jesus Christ. If kinship comes from a common goal then Christians above all men possess its secret, for all are seeking to know Christ better and to bring others within his Kingdom

The true and authentic family of Jesus is not based on blood relationship; it consists of those who do the will of God. Those who are standing outside also can be part of this family if they are doing the will of God. Mother Mary stands first because she was always doing the will of God.  She is really the Mother of Jesus as well as the one who fulfils the will of God.      Jesus is single-minded in his dedication to God’s will. Those who follow him must have the same mind of doing God’s will. Everything else is secondary including blood relation to Jesus. The disciples of Jesus must come out such passion to do God’s will, not to act in their own interests and wishes but for the spreading of God’s Kingdom. In baptism Jesus submitted himself to Father’s will; in our baptism, Christians have also surrendered to the same plan. Fr Shepherd Thelapilly CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2017-01-24

 

 

2018 Tuesday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time

Hebr 10: 1-10, Mk 3: 31-35

MAXIMIZING THE DIVINE IN ONESELF AND IN OTHERS TO BECOME JESUS’ BROTHER OR SISTER

In our life situation we observe different kinds of relationships among the people: blood relations, family relations, professional relations, relationship among friends, ideological relations etc. All these relationships have their own place in a person’s life. In many cases we notice that relationship among two friends is stronger than any other relations, including blood relations. The depth of the relationship depends on commitment and the concern for each other. Very often friendship compels a person to undergo any suffering for the sake of his/her friend. Ideologies or commitment to a cause can motivate a person to transcend all other relationships. Terrorists and Maoists are examples for this kind of behavior.  A disciple of Jesus can have different kinds of relationships, but he or she must be able to transcend all kinds of relationships in order to follow the call from God.

When Jesus was told by the crowd that his mother, brothers and sisters were waiting outside to see him, he responded with a question, Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Then he made the statement, Whoever does what God wants him to do is my brother, my sister and my mother. The implication is that those who do the will of God are the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Now the curial question is how we know the will of God or what God wants us to do. The Gospel of Mt. Chapter 25: 31 to 46 where Jesus speaks about the last judgment, the parable of the Good Samaritan and the parable of the rich man and Lazarus give sufficient insight to understand what the will of God is. Seeing the Divine in oneself and in others and maximizing the Divine is doing the will of God.

Jesus maximized the Divine within himself by going to the mountain to pray and as a result he could see God in others. He was busy with serving that God in different ways. He empowered all who came in contact with him by making them conscious of the Divine within them and guiding them to maximize that Divine. He told them, ˜You are not less than anyone because you are a son or daughter of God and God’s power is within you; make use of that power and overcome your weakness and solve your problem. Thus miracles happened.

If a disciple of Christ becomes aware of the presence of God in himself/herself and being conscious always of that God, life changes for him/her. His/her perspective and attitude towards others also changes. By being baptized and receiving the sacraments alone no one becomes a brother or sister of Jesus. These practices may or may not help a person to see the Divine within oneself and in others. But Contemplation, an appointment with oneself and God daily will lead to the consciousness of the Divine power within and the person will be energized by that power. That is how many saintly persons like Francis of Assisi, Fr. Damian and Mother Theresa got the power to reach out to the needy even at the risk of their lives. Jesus wants us to be his brother or sister not merely by symbols and rituals but mainly by our actions. The identity of a disciple of Christ is action, action that empowers others, especially the needy. Jacob Peenikaparambil CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2018-01-23

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Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Bishop Abet Uy, DD

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 TUESDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MARCOS 3:31-35. KINSA MAN ANG MGA SAKOP SA PAMILYA SA DIOS? Sa ordinaryong pagsabot, isipon nato nga kapamilya ang mga tawo nga atong kadugo. Apan, ang Kristohanong pagsabot sa pamilya mas labaw pa kaayo niini. Sa iyang sulat ngadto sa taga-Galacia, si San Pablo nagtudlo nga tungod sa pagtoo ug sa bunyag diha ni Kristo, nahimo kitang mga anak sa Dios (3:26). Ang atong pagkamanagsoon dili tungod sa dugo nga naglatay sa atong kaugatan kondili sa espiritu sa Dios nga naghiusa kanato. Diha sa ebanghelyo, si Kristo nagpatin-aw niini: “Si bisan kinsa nga mobuhat sa kabubut-on sa Dios ilhon nga akong mga igsoon ug inahan.” Nga sa ato pa, ang binunyagan mahimong tinuod nga kapamilya ni Hesus kon kini magpuyo subay sa iyang mga lakang ug kasugoan. Sakto ang giingon, “A Christian’s only relatives are the saints.” Posted by Abet Uy

Source: abetuy.blogspot.com/2016/01/tuesday-of-3rd-week-in-ordinary-time.html

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Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Mk 3:31-35

Jesus and His Family

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Claretian Communications Foundation 

January 26, 2016

2016 REFLECTION: We all know the meaning of the often-heard statement that “blood is thicker than water,” and which means that, when the chips are down, I will always favor a blood relationship over other kinds of relationship (business, professional, work, etc.). Furthermore, even if I hate my brother’s guts and am very close to my best friend, if I must choose to help one of them financially, I will feel obligated to help my brother instead of my friend. “Blood is thicker than water.”

Well, with the coming of Jesus among us, all that is changed. For Jesus tells us in today’s gospel reading that dedication to doing God’s will creates a spiritual bond which is stronger than a blood relationship. In other words, doing God’s will creates a bond thicker than blood.

At first blush, this statement of Jesus might seem to somewhat belittle his relationship with Mary, his mother, since she is related to him by blood. But, of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Mary was more intent to do God’s will than any other creature ever was. Why? Because she was sinless, and therefore perfectly attuned to God and his will.

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2017 (January 24, 2017)

“The Family of Jesus“

Kapamilya ka ba? The family of Jesus in today’s Gospel wanted to have an audience with him. When Jesus is informed of this he teaches his disciples who is his real “kapamilya!“ It is they who do the will of the Father!

Obedience to the will of the Father is the “gene“ that runs in the blood of the “kapamilya“ of Jesus. Like the Blessed Mother we must be able to say “be it done to me according to your word.“ If we are “kapamilya“ we will always have to pray “Father, may your will be done on earth as in heaven.“

How can we know the Father’s will? St. Francis de Sales teaches us in his beautiful work “Introduction to the Devout Life“ that the path to holiness is about being faithful to our particular vocations. Priest and religious do the will of God when they are faithful to their vows and charisms. The married do the will of God when they are true and faithful to their own vows and duties as parents. When we obey our lawful superiors and leaders we do the will of the Father.
Do you have the right DNA to be considered “Kapamilya“ of Jesus?

Source: schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3774-january-24-2017

2018 (January 23, 2018)

WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF GOD IS BROTHER, SISTER AND MOTHER TO ME

When Jesus said this, He surely did not mean to diminish the importance of a family. He was only pointing at a new level of rela¬tionship that goes beyond blood relationship — the bond of FAITH AND LOVE. In our experience as members of a human family, we know the many factors that can lead to conflicts in the family even to rifts and even to hatred. How many cases have we known where the death of old parents can cause envy, jealousy and enmity over inheritance. Blood relationship seems not to overcome such sad alienation among family members. But if their bond goes beyond blood into a strong relationship of FAITH, even if conflicts happen, there is a great chance that they will overcome these and remain in close spiritual union. There is a saying that “blood is thicker than water” – that somehow we tend to look beyond the failings of those related to us by blood. But I think the one that is more effective in preserving this family unity is when each member has truly a deep faith and that each one sincerely wishes to do or to accept God’s will in faith and love. FATHER, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

Source: schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/4142-january-23-2018

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