Blood Relations

First Reading: 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19
Psalm: Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Gospel: Mk 3:31-35

In every culture blood is the sole factor that establishes family
This is not true, however, in regard to the family Jesus
wishes to establish. Throughout the world citizenship it is that
unites individuals of varying backgrounds into a single nation.
Again, this is not true of the people of God, the people Jesus
wishes to bring to his Father.

The force that will bring Jesus’ followers together will be a
specific desire: the desire to know the will of God and to keep
it. “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside asking
for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And gazing around
at those seated in the circle he continued, “These are my mother and
my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and
mother to me.”

“Knowing the will of God and doing it” conjures up images of heroic
martyrs and saintly, mortified ascetics, doesn’t it? Yes, this is
true, if you’re thinking only in terms of the daily martyrdom
required by daily Christian living.

Knowing and following God’s will in our daily lives demands that we
die to anti-Christian values. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to die
to these anti-Christian values are. They’re the values, which
govern and direct the lives of almost all of humanity, namely,
materialism, consumerism, greed, pride, pleasure and corruption.
Are these values, which constitute the motives that mold both
thought and behavior in modern society, are they really anti-
Christian? Go back to the Gospels. Read the beatitudes. Reflect
on the life-style of Jesus.

Dying to these anti-Christian values is living like Christ. It is
living for Christ. It is creating the family of Christ, it is
forming the people of God.

Do I go to Mass on Sundays and listen to God’s Word but let anti-
Christian trivialities rule me the rest of the week?