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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2019
(Part 19)

FAMILIES ON MISSION – 4

January 29, 2019
Today’s gospel: Mark 3: 31-35


We know that Jesus was very much a family person, being obedient to his parents and staying in the family home for 30 years before his public ministry. When he started on his mission, he became very busy. Indeed, there are so many needs of people and there is so much to be done. Once, when Jesus was ministering to people, his mother Mary and his relatives sought to speak to him. “But he said to them in reply, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’” (v.33-35).

Jesus certainly was not being disrespectful nor dismissive of his mother and relatives. But he was speaking a more profound truth, that all are children of God, who need to experience the Kingdom of God in their midst. Further, Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, and all who do the will of God are his authentic family.

This gives us a profound truth to ponder. By baptism we become children of God. But unless we do the will of the Father, then we are not authentic members of the family of God. What is the will of the Father? We are called to obedience to His commandments and to holiness.

But there is one more important aspect of the will of God, which many Catholics are not mindful of. God wants all to be saved. That is why He sent His own Son Jesus to suffer and die for us. That is what Jesus already did. But that good news of salvation in Jesus needs to be proclaimed to all, so that they can respond to this saving act. So before Jesus ascended to heaven, he sent his disciples, and by extension all of us, to proclaim the gospel and to make disciples of all. This is the work of evangelization and mission. This is the most important work of the Church, which is missionary. This is about the very reason why Jesus came into the world.

Who will do this work? It would be the disciples of Jesus, who are the authentic children of God. That is us. Thus both family and mission are God’s design and will. As Jesus spent 30 years in family life before his public ministry, we too belong to families and are formed in them. This prepares us for the work of the Kingdom. We are called to be families on mission.

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