Sometimes, when we first read them, Jesus’ sayings and responses are quite enigmatic. What does He mean when He says that His mother and brothers and sisters are those who do the will of God? Jesus is not being disrespectful to His mother! He is merely stating a broader truth about His family than regards merely blood relations.

Jesus has been sent by the Father to draw all people back to God. All who heed His call will be called: “Children of God.”  This family, or really the revival of what was meant to be at Creation, is defined not by bloodlines but by obedience to God’s will. In the Gospel today, Jesus does not deny that Mary is His Mother, He is introducing the listener to a wider family that He belongs to, namely the family of those who do the will of the Father in Heaven.

Just as the Gospel is to be proclaimed to a wider audience than just the Jewish people, so too His family of all those obedient to the Father, is broader than mere blood relations. This universal aspect of the Gospel forces the Jews to rethink one of their original titles, namely ‘The Chosen People.’ Yes, they are still ‘The Chosen People’, but the are not the only Chosen People. The True Chosen People are those who choose to be chosen. And they choose to be chosen by acting in accordance with the will of God.

Salvation is not something that comes easily. Yes, it comes by the grace of God but only with our co-operation as well! As any of the saints would tell us, being a saint is not an easy task. There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved. In fact, the greatest test of our faithfulness to God’s will arrives when it means embracing the cross of Jesus. To embrace suffering and being able to see how and accept that the suffering bring does bring us closer to God is a good sign that we are progressing in the spiritual journey. Only by the grace of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit is this possible.

How important for me is discovering the will of God for my life? It should be my most important priority! Everything else pales into insignificance in comparison to this.

Holy Spirit, lead me into the truth and particularly the truth of the Father’s will for my life. Give me the strength and courage to always say, “Yes” to God and be obedient to His Word.