Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 12:46-50

The True Family of Jesus

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

“I asked God how much he loved me. He stretched out his arms and said: “as much as this….then he died! He died for his friends….for his brothers and sisters whom he loves.”

Jesus tells us in the gospel that there are different ways of being related to him: by blood, as was Mary; by faith, which involves total commitment to and trust in the will of the Father and by a combination of the two. Obviously, none of us can be related to Jesus by blood. But being his brother or sister through obedience to the will of the father is open to any of us who is courageous enough to desire it. And it is a deeper relationship than by blood.

Being the mothers, brothers or sisters of Jesus, what more can we asked? (Fr. Charlie P Cruz, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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“In what holiness consist? They young man asked his spiritual father. “Does it consist in sinlessness, in separation from evil?”

“Rather”, the venerable father answered: “it consists in union – union with God.”

And we may ask further, how is this union with God to be achieved?

If we look closely at the lives of holy men/women down the centuries we would come to the realization that, in general, they were consumed with the desire to do God’s will. Their constant striving was to unite themselves with God by conforming themselves to His will.

In this regard, they were standing on solid ground: God’s Word. For instance, here is what Jesus says: “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out His hand towards His disciples, he said: “Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

There is something then that is thicker than or at least as thick as blood: the relationship with Jesus arising from doing the Father’s will.

St. Arnold Janssen (1837-1909), the founder of SVD, etc., himself a holy man, recognized God’s will: 1. In the will of a higher authority: a religious superior, the Pope, the teaching Authority of the Church, etc. and 2. In “actual situations,” in the events of daily life, in their concrete circumstances, in the person and things involved in a given situation. Arnold Janssen needed much time to come to a decision, fo to discern God’s will is a process that takes time and a lot of praying.

God’s will should be the supreme rule of every Christian’s life. Just as Christ took the way of humility and obedience to the Father’s will, even unto death on the cross, so must we take the same way. We must be his brothers/sisters and mother. We must be holy like Him. 9Fr. Cornelio B. Alpuerto, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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In a culture where the kamag-anak and padrino systems are rooted deeply, today’s gospel could be confusing. However, on second or third reading, it could be liberating. We don’t know the reasons why Jesus’ relatives wanted to meet Him. But, vintage Jesus, He took the occasion to inject a lesson or two. Blood maybe thicker than water, but there’s something greater that binds us into another level of relationship, i.e., God and his will for humankind. Having said that, it is water ironically and not blood that symbolizes our being the family of God – the waters of baptism! The first reading from the Book of Exodus recounts the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. This event capped their marvelous experience of Yahweh’s power and love starting from Egypt. When the waters divided, the Israelites crossed and came out as one people, the Chosen People of God. However, the rest of the story as we know from the Old Testament is full of unfaithfulness and disobedience on the part of the people of God.

The waters of baptism incorporated us into the people of God, but that union is as “watery” as water if God’s will is unheeded. Adherence to His commandments will strengthen the tie that binds us together. Imagine a world where God’s wishes come true. Wishful thinking? No, God will make it come true. For our part, we keep on crossing whatever red seas there are to cross; we keep on journeying to the promised kingdom. (Bible Diary 2007)

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In today’s gospel reading, Jesus, when informed that His mother and brothers were anxious to have a word with Him, retorted: “Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, sister and mother.”

The word of Jesus might surprise us. Was he ignoring or disregarding His kinsfolk? Why did He want to convey by His action? Jesus wanted to emphasize the priority of His mission above everything else: “I came to do the will of Him who sent me.”

As followers of Jesus, how do we live the will of the Father in our day-to-day life? How do we know that we are doing the will of God? it might help us if we reflect on the lives of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, or any of our favourite saints. In what way did they manifest the will of God in t heir lives?

A common perception or perhaps realization is their complete trust and rootedness in God’s love. Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life was the center and model of their lives. Jesus’ mission was to bring the good news of God’s love to all His people especially the poor and the marginalized of society, to heal the sick, to bring back to God’s fold those who strayed.

How is it with us? How faithful are we as Christ’s disciples in the way we live and relate to God and our brothers and sisters in today’s world? Are we good news?

May God give us the grace! (Sr. Elena Rosa Salonga, SSpS Bible Diary 2009)

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July 19, 2016 Tuesday

In a recent diaconate ordination of our SVD confreres, the gospel passage above came out very alive. At the end of the ceremonies, as one newly ordained deacon faced the parishioners gathered to witness the ordination, he became very emotional. He felt deeply sad that his parents, his family and those close to him could not come and be part of the celebration. However, he was deeply consoled and very happy that even though he came to our community only for a very short time, just to prepare for his perpetual vows and diaconate ordination, the parishioners were there and gave him their whole-hearted support and encouragement. He felt they were mother, father, brothers and sisters to him. He was no longer someone who came from another country, a total stranger, but one who had become a part of the community – a family member. And the parishioners were delighted that what they thought was a natural thing to do in a parish was for that deacon a concrete way of doing God’s will. He thought he was an orphan, a stranger. But no more, he had become a welcome member of the family.

On our part, have we been sensitive and grateful enough to acknowledge the blessings heaped upon us by people who unknowingly became fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters to us especially during times we felt alone and a stranger? (Fr. Victor Yparraguirre, SVD Taiwan, ROC Bible Diary 2016)

rveritas-asia.org/daily-reflection/772-july-19-2016-tuesday

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Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Mateo 12:46-50. Kanus-a man nato maingon nga matapos na ang kagabhion ug magsugod na ang kabuntagon? Kini ang pangutana sa usa ka katekista sa iyang mga estudyante. Adunay mitubag: “Kon molabay na ang alas-12 sa tungang gabii.” Apan miingon ang katekista: “Sayop.” Unya, adunay laing mitubag: “Kon motuktugaok na ang mga manok sa kadlawon.” Apan miingon na usab ang katekista: “Sayop.” Ug nagdungan pagpangutana ang mga estudyante: “Kanus-a man diay titser?” Ang katekista miingon: “Matapos na ang kagabhion ug magsugod na ang kabuntagon kon matag tawo nga atong ikahinagbo ato nang isipon nga igsoon. Kon dili nato kini mahimo, ang kalibotan magpabilin nga anaa sa kangitngit ug kagabhion.” (Fr. Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2012/07/tuesday-of-16th-week-in-ordinary-time.html

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TUESDAY OF THE 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MATEO 12:46-50. UNSA MAY MAKAPAHIMO NATONG SAKOP SA PAMILYA NI HESUS? Ang Katesismo nagtudlo nga pinaagi sa bunyag naluwas kita sa sala ug nahimugso pagbalik isip mga anak sa Dios, nahimo kitang mga sakop ni Kristo ug nahiusa sa Simbahan. Ang pagka-anak sa Dios ug ang pagka-igsoon ni Kristo usa diay ka gasa nga atong nadawat diha sa sakramento. Apan, angay usab nato hatagag pagtagad ang gisulti ni Hesus diha sa ebanghelyo: “Kinsa man ang akong inahan? Kinsa man ang akong mga igsoon? Si bisan kinsa nga magbuhat sa kabubut-on sa akong langitnong Amahan akong mga igsoon ug inahan.” Nga sa ato pa, ang atong pagkasakop sa pamilya sa Dios angay gayod natong puy-an. Si Pope Francis nag-ingon: “We could say that there is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.” Posted by Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2016/07/tuesday-of-16th-week-in-ordinary-time.html

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WORD Today: “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the Lord drove the sea back.” God divided the Red Sea through Moses, His servant. Then His chosen people helped each other cross the rough sea floor to escape the pursuing Egyptian army. And “they believed in God and His servant Moses.”

The waters of baptism, our Red Sea, joined us into God’s domestic Church. Contraception attacks motherhood, homosexual union attacks fatherhood, divorce attacks marriage, abortion attacks babies and euthanasia attacks ageing parents.

Lets close ranks and believe in God and His servant the Church (Fr. Francisco Bajos 2015.07.21)

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Reflection for July 21, Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 12:46-50

Reflection: Who doesn’t want to be a relative of Jesus? Everyone of us of course wants to be Jesus relative. From the beginning and up until now God desires us to be His relative. God doesn’t want us to be distant from Him, as much as possible He wants us to always be close to Him.

But to be a relative or to be close to Jesus is not easy picking. You have to do your part to become a relative of Jesus. And this part that you have to do is for you to faithfully follow the will of God. You may ask, what is the will of God for myself? The will of God for you is to follow His commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). To do good and to find time to spread the good news. Are you able to faithfully follow this will of God?

Adam and Eve were initially close to God until they disobeyed His will not to eat the fruit of the tree of life. Adam and Eve sinned against God by following the devious scheming of the devil (Genesis 3:1-24). Therefore both of them were separated from God.

The decision is yours to take, if you want to become a relative of Jesus you simply have to follow God’s will. If you want to get close to the evil one, sin and disobey God’s commandments. But take the wise choice no other than to follow God’s will.

You will not only become a relative of Jesus if you follow the will of God, It will also save you from so many problems. It will save you too from the sharp and hellish clutches of the devil. Be discerning because the devil always hides his evil scheming through attractive and tempting things. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2015/07/reflection-for-july-21-tuesday-of.html

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Reflection for Tuesday July 19, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 12:46-50

Reflection: How could we become relatives of Jesus?

Jesus Himself reveals the secret to us: “For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” And what is the will of the heavenly Father for us? It’s for us to do good always and to be collaborator of Jesus in spreading the good news and to follow Jesus.

Jesus also cited the disciples as His mother and brothers for they were all faithful follower. We do not know the personal background of each disciple perhaps some of them were sinners like us. But notwithstanding their sins they still chose to follow Jesus and completely left behind their sinful past. Thus, Jesus called them His mother and brothers.

Therefore, when we choose to follow Jesus we already are called His relative. What does to follow Jesus mean? It’s to follow Jesus by immersing our feet in the river of sacrifice, love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion and so forth.

How about you? Have you already immersed your feet in the river of sacrifice, love, forgiveness, compassion and so forth?   Have you already decided to follow Jesus and leave behind your sinful past?

Remember that Jesus yearns for you to become his relative also. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2016/07/reflection-for-tuesday-july-19.html

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July 21, 2015

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ex 14:21—15:1, Mt 12:46-50

Faith that brings miracles

Miracles are happening all around us. If we do not see them, blame our vision, because God has not yet stopped performing miracles. In fact, we are miracles and we are surrounded by miracles. When our inner eyes are open we see them! If we go through the commentaries written on the ten miracles performed by Moses and the crossing of the red sea, experts tell us that whatever happened there was nothing extraordinary or unprecedented or supernatural. All that happened were natural phenomena that often take place in that region. If that is true, should we conclude that religion sans miracles has no meaning or relevance? Unfortunately, there are many religious people, even priests, who base their faith on ‘spurious’ miracles. They concoct miracles and attract public attention. These miracle-mongers get irritated and violent if anybody challenges or gives scientific explanations to what they project and promote as great miracles. These miracle-mongers closely watch every statue to see if they are bleeding or drinking milk. It is this sort of silly believers who make religion so childish and a laughingstock to those who use their brain. Reason has no place in their religion and faith. They refuse to recognize that brain and reasoning power are true miracles and the greatest gifts we have received from God.

Today’s Gospel presents a similar situation in which Jesus refuse to go out and meet his mother and brothers who came to seize him and take him back home, because they feared that he was heading towards big trouble. Some people draw on this incident to discredit mother Mary saying that Jesus disowned her publically. They point to other similar dealings of Jesus where Jesus exhibited a kind of detachment or indifference towards his mother. If people cling to texts outside their context this kind of misunderstandings often occur. Words should be understood on the basis of the spirit in which they are spoken. Mary was always fully committed to the will of God. It was her generous ‘fiat’ that brought Jesus into this world. We cannot see anybody like her who was totally available to plan and program of God. Her statement, “Here I am, the handmaid of the Lord, let it happen to me according to your word” makes her the first and the best disciple of Jesus. Even when he showed careless attitude towards her demand she never pushed her will. She let him decide for himself. It is such people who bring home miracles! Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2015-07-21

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THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20; Mt 12:46-50

Faith that brings miracles

Miracles are happening all around us. If we do not see them, blame our vision, because God has not yet stopped performing miracles. In fact, we are miracles and we are surrounded by miracles. When our inner eyes are open we see them! If we go through the commentaries written on the ten miracles performed by Moses and the crossing of the red sea, experts tell us that whatever happened there was nothing extraordinary or unprecedented or supernatural. All that happened were natural phenomena that often take place in that region. If that is true, should we conclude that religion sans miracles has no meaning or relevance? Unfortunately, there are many religious people, even priests, who base their faith on ‘spurious’ miracles. They concoct miracles and attract public attention. These miracle-mongers get irritated and violent if anybody challenges or gives scientific explanations to what they project and promote as great miracles. These miracle-mongers closely watch every statue to see if they are bleeding or drinking milk. It is this sort of silly believers who make religion so childish and a laughingstock to those who use their brain. Reason has no place in their religion and faith. They refuse to recognize that brain and reasoning power are true miracles and the greatest gifts we have received from God.

Today’s Gospel presents a similar situation in which Jesus refuse to go out and meet his mother and brothers who came to seize him and take him back home, because they feared that he was heading towards big trouble. Some people draw on this incident to discredit mother Mary saying that Jesus disowned her publically. They point to other similar dealings of Jesus where Jesus exhibited a kind of detachment or indifference towards his mother. If people cling to texts outside their context this kind of misunderstandings often occur. Words should be understood on the basis of the spirit in which they are spoken. Mary was always fully committed to the will of God. It was her generous ‘fiat’ that brought Jesus into this world. We cannot see anybody like her who was totally available to plan and program of God. Her statement, “Here I am, the handmaid of the Lord, let it happen to me according to your word” makes her the first and the best disciple of Jesus. Even when he showed careless attitude towards her demand she never pushed her will. She let him decide for himself. It is such people who bring home miracles! Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2016-07-19

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Scoring Goals in Life

July 21, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Robert DeCesare, LC

Matthew 12: 46-50

While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I begin my meditation aware of my need of your grace and your help. Without you, Lord, I can do nothing, but with you, Lord, I can do all things. I believe that you are truly present in the Eucharist. There, under the guise of bread, Lord, you remain to be with me. I trust in you, Lord, because you have given me a reason for living. I trust you because you are faithful to your promises. Lord, I love you because you have given me the treasure of my Catholic faith. You have given me this gift to enable me to follow the path to heaven and be with you forever.

Petition: Lord, grant me the grace to know your will and to follow it in my life.

  1. What is the Goal of My Life?This is the fundamental question of our purpose in life. The Father made us so that we may come to know, love and serve him in this world, so as to be happy with him forever in the next. “Of all visible creatures only man is ‘able to know and love his creator’. He is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake”, and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he was created” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 356). To aid us, God gave his Son for us to follow and to learn from, so that we might fulfill our purpose in life. This is why we follow him, this is why we listen to him; so that we may fulfill our purpose.
  2. I’m On a Mission:Our mission in life is to fulfill our purpose. Thus the fulfillment of our mission is a fundamental concern for our conscience. The immediate norm for the right exercise of our conscience could put it like this: “Anything that helps me fulfill my mission is good for me; anything that comes between me and it is bad for me.” Or, using Christ’s words: “My food is to do the Will of Him who sent me and to complete his work” (John 4:34); “I do always what pleases Him” (John 8:29). The reason is obvious: Action follows being, so what we are determines what we do. Similarly, the apostolic mission flows from our Christian essence. What we are and what we do are two sides of the same coin.
  3. Part of God’s Family:As Christ says in another passage of the Gospel, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3: 35). The family of Christ is eternal. He welcomes those who do his will because we were made to do his will. If we are faithful to our vocation, and we fulfill our purpose in life, then we meet the hopes and dreams the Lord has for us. He wants us to be holy. He made us for himself. Nothing would please him more than to be able to say to us at the end of time: “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).

Conversation with Christ: Lord, I want to be part of your family. I want to do your will, because I know that it will make me holy. Your will is sanctifying. I want to be sanctified. Grant me the grace to know your will, love it and fulfill it.

Resolution: I will review my day before I go to bed to examine how I have fulfilled God’s will today.

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epriest.com/reflections/view/456

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JESUS’ NEW FAMILY – Living and teaching for almost 25 years in a seminary, I came across many problems of young boys who enter the seminary to become priests. One of these is their close attachment to their families. In a world where family values erode, it is wonderful that in the Philippines, family ties are still close. But for many potential priests and nuns, this can become an obstacle or at least the cause of their major struggles.

It is not just a problem of homesickness though. Many seminarians leave the seminary because they feel they have to support their family financially.

It seems that Jesus was not that attached to His family. The task that His heavenly Father sent Him to do demanded detachment from His earthly family and total dedication to all those who would become His followers. Followers? No, He speaks of His followers as His “new family” — His brothers, sisters and mother, as we read in today’s Gospel passage.

Where is the father in this family? Of course, there is no father among His followers because the father of Jesus’ new family is God, who is His and our Father. But there is a condition attached to be part of Jesus’ new family. And this condition is that whoever does the will of God is your new family — a family of faith.

Now, since we are all daughters and sons of God the Father, sisters and brothers of Jesus, we have to behave as such. We cannot ignore or hate anyone. Even the poorest, the simplest, the most marginalized among our fellow Christians has to be treated as a beloved sibling.

Families of faith contain three important factors: God, the family itself, and others. When Jesus was asked about the greatest   commandment, He responded that His disciples must love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves. If we want to cultivate families of faith, we need to learn how to preserve these three important areas of our lives: God, our family, and others. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you consider non-family members as part of your faith family?

Lord, thank You for accepting me as one of Your brothers, for drawing me into Your new family of faith. Help me to widen my horizon and treat everyone as my sisters and brothers. Amen.

kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2016-07-19

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July 19, 2016

REFLECTION: Some people are like elephants. They have a very long memory. If you have wronged them, they might forgive you after you have begged them to do so. But they will never forget what you did to them. As the expression goes about “burying the hatchet” (making peace, reconciling), they did accept to bury the hatchet, but they remember exactly where they buried it. Because of this, such people can hardly believe that God can “forgive and forget.” In their eyes that would be just too good to be true.
Yet, in many parts of the Bible God assures us that, once he forgives our sins, he forgets them forever. For example, we hear God say in the Book of Jeremiah: “I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more” (Jer 31:34–quoted in Heb 8:12 and 10:17). The same idea is expressed in today’s first reading, where we hear the prophet Micah describing God as “casting all our sins into the depths of the sea.” That is the kind of God our God is. When he buries the hatchet, he throws it where it can never be found!

schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3588-july-19-2016

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