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Fr Bill

Dear Brother and Sisters,

At the end of the Gospel this weekend, it seems like Jesus treats His own family quite harshly. They are outside, and they are calling for Him. But He seems to ignore them.

But is this what is really going on?

The Gospel passage ends with these words, “whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35, ESV). Rather than rejecting His family members, Jesus is expanding who can be in His family. Family relationships with Jesus are no longer limited by “blood and law.” Rather, anyone who does the will of God, now has the full right to call themselves the sons and daughters of God.

Is this not what we pray for when we pray, “Our Father, Who art in heaven… Thy will be done…”?

At times in our lives, we can feel like the relatives of Jesus in today’s Gospel. We feel outside of His presence, and we are calling, but He seems to ignore us. As we reflect on this, we need to ask, “Am I trying to conform my will to the Lord’s will or am I trying to impose my own will on the Lord?”

It is difficult to do, but the inner peace that we seek is not found by trying to impose our own will, but rather by saying “Yes” to God’s will. When we do this, we find that we are brought into the Lord’s “inner circle” and close to His presence.

This is modeled for us by the Blessed Virgin Mary. How did she respond when she received the amazing message from the Archangel Gabriel, “You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:31, ESV)? She could have easily responded, “But I have a plan to get married, and have a family with Joseph.” She could have sought to do her own will. But she did not respond this way. Rather, she says, “Behold, I am the servant[f] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, ESV).

By Mary’s “Yes” to God’s plan for her life, she became the Mother of God, both spiritually and bodily. We too, can follow her example, and by our “Yes” to God’s plan, truly be called brothers and sisters of Christ.

Father Bill