BEYOND FAMILY TIES

(NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY)

Scripture Reading: Luke 8: 19-21

Dear friends in Christ, today’s scripture reading has something to teach us on proper conduct in our relationships. Have you ever been tempted to disobey your conscience in a bid to satisfy the desires of your relatives? Today the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our minds to understand that our commitment to please the Lord must take precedence over any other consideration. Inability to rightly handle this is a major cause of nepotism even among Christians.

By virtue of our baptism, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of God ((Colossians 1:16, 2:12; Galatians 4:4-6) and are members of one family with our Lord Jesus Christ. However, beyond our baptismal entry into the family of God, Christ is telling you and I that what truly gives legitimacy to our relatedness to Him is our openness to hear and obey His word (John 10:27). No matter how long we have been baptised or how regularly we frequent the sacraments, if these do not translate into godly and holy living we may not say we belong to Him.

Some readily sight today’s Gospel in their bid to downplay the role of Mother Mary in the life of the Church. However, the fundamental question to ask ourselves is “how well did Mary cooperate with the will of God in her life?” By her fiat she completely acceded to the will of God to become the Mother of God (Luke 1:26-38) even though it was beyond her understanding. She accepted God’s will at the risk of rejection and public ridicule. She shared in her Son’s sorrow and stood by Him till His crucifixion at Golgotha. Mary’s motherhood of the Church (Luke 19: 26-27; Luke 1:48) was not merely earned by her giving birth to Christ, much more than that, she was a woman of deep faith who freely and fully committed herself to doing the will of God. Mary’s greatness is in her total resignation to the will of God.

Let us conclude with this word of St. Paul “Am I seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.”( Galatians 1:10 ) Faith without obedience is not an option in God’s spiritual family.

MASS: WHITE THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (FEAST) Mic 5:2-5a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:5.6(R. Is 16:10a); R: Blessed are you, O holy virgin Mary, and worthy of all praise because from you arose the sun justice, Christ our God. Gospel Mt 1:1-16.18-23

Prayer Points:

1.         Please teach me Lord to hold You foremost in my heart. Guide me on how best to handle the relationships You have blessed me with in a manner that brings honour to You. Amen.

2.         Pray for the grace to always accept the will of God for you.

3.         Take the Prayer to Mary our Mother in DSD Section A

Exercise: Make God’s will the basic foundation in all your relationship.