THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
DOING GOD’S WILL
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:31-35
Being one in Christ is being his brother, part of the one
family of God, of the one body of Christ. And how does one
become a part of God’s family, being a brother of Jesus?
As Jesus himself says, “whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.” (v.35).
be one in Christ is to do the will of God. It is not just
being born into God’s family through baptism. Even infants
who are baptized depend on their godparents to affirm their
rejection of Satan and acceptance of Christ. Later on when
they become adults, many renege on their affirmations. What
ultimately makes one a brother or sister of Jesus is obedience
to his commands, a living out of the fullness of life in him.
being one in Christ cannot happen apart from starting to live
a righteous life and striving for holiness. Much more can
it not happen if one is into works of the flesh, such as gossip,
lying, maligning, envy, rivalry, dissensions, factions. Works
of the flesh make one a child of the evil one, and so not
a part of the family of God.
Christians we pray to God our Father and to Jesus our brother.
We call on them. We pray, “our Father in heaven.”
May we hear our Lord say to us, “Here are my mother
and my brothers.” (v.34b).