Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Apollinaris (+c.79) Martyr, Patron Saint of Epilepsy and Gout
Book of Exodus 14:21-15:1, Psalm (Exodus 15:8-9. 10. 12, 17), & Matthew 12:46-50
Who do you love and cherish the most? In many cases our list could be, well—endless.
There's a good reason for our love of others. God didn't intend for us to be alone and, He wanted us to be with others. Throughout, our lives He provides us with many opportunities for developing relationships with our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. However, in today's Gospel narrative, why does Jesus seem to ignore His relatives after they waited to see Him? We know that Jesus' love and respect for His mother and His relatives are unquestionable. However, our Lord never missed an opportunity to teach His disciples (and us) the spiritual lessons and the truth about the kingdom of God. As many people gathered to hear Jesus, He points to what we could call a higher reality of relationships, namely our relationship with God and those who belong to God.
With that in mind, I would like to pose this question: What is the quality and essence of being a Christian? It is certainly more than doctrine, precepts, and commandments. Nor is it sacramental rites and ritual rites of passage.
Being a Christian is, first and foremost, a relationship. A relationship of trust, affection, commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, mercy, helpfulness, encouragement, support, strength, and many other qualities binding people together in mutual love and unity.
The relationship that God offers us, we will not find on "MATCH.COM." It can only be found in what I mentioned above. It is that same "quality and essence" in our Catholic Christian identity and relationship with God.
Question of the Day: How would you answer Jesus' question, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?
Prayer: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me, says the Lord." (Matthew 16-24)