Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Who goes to whom

At the end of today’s gospel we hear the very well known words,

whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.

But there is  another verse from this gospel that may give us an even deeper insight, one we might overlook.

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. 

  Notice, they do not go to Jesus, they call and expect him to come to them. St. Mark gives no explanation. He doesn’t say, “They couldn’t get in.” He simply tells us that they stood outside and yells for Jesus to come out to them.

How often are any of us those people? We want Jesus to come to us. We know what we want and we want Jesus to help with our plan.

It is interesting to note, that they went to Jesus, just not all the way. They are calling to him, not responding to his call. They’re acting as if it is a negotiation. The came part way now he should come part way. 

How often are we the partial disciples? We read the Bible, we pray, we go to Church.  But then we expect Jesus to do his part and answer our petitions.  We forget that He is God. We are the servants. He calls, we come. There is no deal making. There is obedience. We are to hear and do God’s will.  

The message can sound harsh until we realize one thing. God knows better than I do what I need- every moment of every day.