Brothers and Sisters in Faith
Who is in your immediate family? Do you have siblings, step-siblings? Maybe you live with quite a few family members, or just a few. You may be close with them, or butt heads all the time. Family is family, and you do anything to help one another, especially when someone is at their lowest point. When we're baptized, we become a part of God's family, and become brothers and sisters in faith. It's an amazing feeling, having an extended family beyond your immediate one. We're even connected with the Holy Family in faith, God our Father, Jesus our Brother, Mary our Mother, and the Holy Spirit working within us. If you've ever felt alone, you can always rely on your entire family for support, family in faith included.
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).
Today's reading talks about how anyone who is baptized and believing in God our Father is part of a family, brothers and sisters in faith. Maybe you didn't have many great moments with siblings growing up, or maybe you did. Through baptism, we are all made a part of a greater family, God's family. Jesus tells us here that whoever does the will of God is a brother or sister in faith. Do you follow God's will, and pray continually so to build on this relationship? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to be a part of the Church family.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me a part of Your family through baptism. Help me to seek You and to continue building relationships in my own immediate family and the universal family in faith.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.