Many times, throughout the course of the Liturgical Year, the Church invites us to meditate upon the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Is this by design or just a coincidence? Obviously it is the former that is the answer! Let us consider today’s Gospel.

Mary and some of Jesus’ relatives are looking for him. When they find Him they send word that they are waiting for Him outside. When hearing of this, Jesus takes the opportunity to teach the people something about the nature of discipleship. There is an almost universal respect for the role of a mother in teaching and bringing up a child. Is Jesus response, then, rude and uncaring toward Mary His mother? I think not. Jesus is simply saying that it is even more important to respect the will of God in our lives! God holds a higher call over our life than do either or both of our parents.

Now, I am not saying that we should disregard our parents. We must still respect them in every way. We are not to try and use one against the other. However, we need to balance our respect for them with an unbreakable commitment and obedience to the will of God.
For example, I can remember telling my parents about my desire and decision to become a priest. I had not talked to them about my discernment of my vocation at all. I realise now that that would have been a better course of action to take, however, for one reason or another, I did not choose it. When I told them I knew deep within my heart two things. The first was that I wanted my parents blessing for this decision I was making. The second was that I believed that this is what God wanted to me and even if they were not happy with my decision, I would go ahead with it anyway.

Fortunately they were happy and gave me their blessing to go ahead! It is not that I would have enjoyed defying my parents, but that the will of God and His call had a greater pull on my life. I never really doubted that my parents would want to stop me. In fact they gave me their full support. It was one of the happiest moments of my life to know that mum and dad were behind me in my decision. I know of others who have pursued the path of priesthood without the blessing of their parents because God’s call is the greater. It is a practical example of Jesus’ words when He says to those around him that it is those who do the will of His Father in Heaven who are His mother and sister and brother.

Is there anything that I would allow to deflect me from the will of God for my life? Should this really be the case?

Lord Jesus, sometimes it is not easy to be your disciple. Sometimes the cost seems to be too high. Help me to realise that the cost of being obedient to your will is never too high! Help me to be meek in obedience and strong in perseverance when it comes to your will for my life.