Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection January 23, 2024


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R/.Who is the king of glory? It is the Lord!

V/. Alleluia R/. Alleluia

V/. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little children the mysteries of the kingdom.

R/. Alleluia

At that time: The mother of Jesus and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

1.       “Who are my mother and my brothers?” “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and brother”. Thereby, Jesus makes his priorities clear. Belonging to God is higher and more important than belonging to the human group.

2.       Spiritual family is higher and more important than natural family. Doing God’s will is higher and more important than mere formal duties.

3.      Thus, Jesus does not allow himself to be confined or conditioned by natural affinities. Jesus owns up his mother and his sisters and brothers, not by blood relationship, but only by adhering to God’s will.

4.      This is a crucial challenge and urgent exigency. Sadly, we are living in a society that is fragmented by various divisive factors like caste, region, religion, language, culture, rite, et cetera.

5.      Subsequently, nepotism, favouritism, and communalism are rupturing the sense of unity. These secondary affinities are overriding and even substitute the core identity of one family of God’s children and brothers and sisters. Consequently, a good number live and promote these affinities and their interests and agendas, detriment to the larger concerns and growth.

6.      In fact, these are very limiting and narrow demarcations. These are signs and effects of a narrow mind and narrow inner space. They fail to recognise that the Relationship with Christ is not a matter of lineage or blood, but of heart, inner space and commitment

7.      Unfortunately, these narrow factors do not exempt the spiritual domain as well. Those who belong to Christ are not merely those who are baptized, or those who bear the Christian name, or are members of the Church, or remain close to the Church, or do actively some religious activities.

8.      The only criterion and way to belong to Christ, to be owned by Christ, and to become his family is to do God’s will..

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