The Meaning of Family

Daily Reflection – 1/29/19

Sacred Scripture

Jesus’ mother and brothers came. As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him. The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you”. He replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”. And looking around at those who sat there he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.” (Mark 3:31-35)


 Jesus makes the point clearly that any person who does the will of God becomes a member of His family.

Perhaps the question we need to ask ourselves is, are we doing the will of God? How do we know what the will of God is? Do we trust that whatever is going on in our lives (good or difficult), is the will of God? We all know that life is not easy. There are good times in our lives that bless us abundantly and there are painful and difficult times in our lives that may prompt us to question God or to wonder where God is. It is easy to sense God’s presence and love when all is going well. And often it is difficult to experience God’s presence when life is challenging. However, God’s presence doesn’t change; it is our perception that changes.

In the difficult times, do I turn to God or do I shut God out? At these times, I usually am tempted to blame God for what is happening in my life. However, these are the times when we need God the most. We all know that bad things happen to good people. However, when we are the people that bad things are happening to, we may lose our normally clear perspective and belief.

Are we able to trust God at these times? Do we stay open to God’s presence and grace? May we pray for one another that we will trust God during difficult times. However, God will be with us whether we believe that or not! God will never desert us!

Today, we are called to reflect upon the fact that each of us, are called to be a member of the intimate family of Jesus. We are called into His family through your obedience to His holy will. We are called to be attentive, listen, understand and then act on all that He speaks. Each of us needs to “Yes” to our Lord, this day, and allow that “Yes” to be the foundation of our relationship with Him.

 Prayer of The Day

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.

 Daily Note

There is a mysterious reality here. I can actually bring consolation to Christ’s heart. I can accompany him on his divine mission. I must be willing to renounce my will and do only the will of the Father. Can Christ point to me and say, “He is my brother; she is my sister; she is my mother”? I must look at my life and see what is not in conformity to his will. I must make a firm resolution to show my faith and love in the very thing that is most difficult for me.




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