Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"True faith will inevitably manifest itself in the performance of works of obedience... “

I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible.  - St. Teresa of Avila: (1515 –1582: was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun and author during the Counter Reformation

Gospel Text: (MK 3:31-35)
The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
"Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you."
But he said to them in reply,
"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."

Is Jesus trying to tell us his only relatives are those who listen to him attentively? Of course not! His relatives are not those who listen to him but those who listen to and abide by God's will: it is those who are his brother, his sister, his mother...

As children of our heavenly Father, our task is to do the Father's will, as we pray always in the Lord's Prayer, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

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