Our Church Family
Who do you call family? Those related to you by blood? What if a person were adopted, that may not be the case right? There are distinct characteristics that we associate with our family, they’re loving, they help us wherever we need, from feeding us, sheltering us, to influencing how we act and grow. Why is this important? Family impacts how we grow up, the lifestyle we choose to live, the religious beliefs we choose to follow. It’s all connected. If you grew up in a loving, supportive Catholic home, then you would have a positive experience and wish to bring your family up in the same way. How is being a part of the Catholic faith like being in a family? You support one another, come to celebrate mass together, even part for one another, no matter the situation. It’s being a part of God’s family.
Today's Gospel states:'And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you." And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother"(Mark 3:31-35).
In today’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus’ mother and brothers come looking for him. They try to get his attention as he’s preaching, taking his attention away from the people. Jesus replies saying that everyone who does God’s will is a brother or sister. Taken literally, this means we’re all a part of God’s family if we believe. However, looking closer, if we really choose to follow God’s plan for our lives, nothing will be able to come close to God’s will, not even our family. They are important, and treasured, though God wants us to make room for everyone who calls themselves disciples, but also everyone who needs to learn about God’s love. Take some time to ask God to help you invite everyone in to be a part of your family of faith.
Today’s prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer to St Jospeh for the whole church:
O Glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family. You have been chosen by Christ's Vicar as the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church founded by Christ. Protect the Sovereign Pontiff and all bishops and priests united with him. Be the protector of all who labour for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life; and grant that all peoples of the world may be docile to the Church without which there is no salvation. Dear Saint Joseph, accept the offering I make to you. Be my father, protector, and guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me purity of heart and a love for the spiritual life. After your example, let all my actions be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and your own paternal heart. Finally, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen