Saturday 26 July 2014

Tuesday of Week 25 Year 2

Some people say that blood is thicker than water. They believe that your immediate family members are the ones you can mostly count on or depend on. To a certain extend, this may be true. As children, we depended on our parents for many things: food, shelter, love, education and guidance. When we grew up, we became less dependent on our immediate family members, but the familial bond is still there. However, is familial bond all that matters?

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us: "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice." This shows that to Jesus, familial relationship is not all that matters. What really matters is we hear God's word and act on it. Jesus is reminding us that if we hear and do God's will, then we are part of a family relationship which goes beyond just blood-relationship. We become members of God's family, we become brothers and sisters in Christ. More importantly, we become closer to God our loving father. Do we only want to focus on our relationship here on earth, or are we making more effort to focus on a relationship which is eternal?

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