The good news for the day July 19

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (396)

While Jesus was speaking in public one time, his mother and his brothers showed up outside where He was, wanting to talk with him. Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to talk with you.” But He said in reply to the one who told Him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12)

This scene is often a puzzle as people get distracted—Did Jesus really have brothers if his mother was a virgin with an only child? That is for scholars.

The Good News is the Family being offered to you—the trade-in of “this” family for “that” family. Despite the closeness Jesus felt for his family and for his Jewish and Galilean roots, He knows that our deepest roots lie in the Family of God, the heaven-on-earth situation that acknowledge the Father/Mother who cares for these brothers and sisters here and now, the ones re-born from “that” generation.

“Whoever does the will…. See the general picture. More important than His own beloved mother or people he has grown up with—the source of nourishment, wisdom, and experience—He values some one who lives a New Life—namely YOU. Your response to the world, your gratitude and appreciation of the gifts your Creator gives—and your determination to do what you determine is right—against that tide of family—is what counts.

You are welcomed into this Family of kind, mutually helpful and humble children of our Father. You do not have to follow the dictates of society—you are free to be conscientious and courageous—to do the kind thing to your brothers and sisters, no matter what pressure comes from currents that press on you. Leaving the stress of obeying externals, you become free to live the Life of your New Family!

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