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Gospel Reflection for 10th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, June 10th 2018
Quite a put down for Jesus’ family in the gospel: he says that his family are not just blood family but all of us, doers and hearers of his word. His family had come to object to his mission and take him home, thinking he had gone out of his mind.
The family Jesus and Jesus himself would go through a few years of alienation, except with his mother who was there with him to the end. At Pentecost they would be united, with the apostles, and Mary and James, ‘the brother of Jesus’ together.
Despite all this it’s good to know that Jesus was part of an ordinary family who disagreed and even were distant for a while. Family life, as the man said, ‘can be heaven or hell’, all in the one day. Family life is the place of agreement and disagreement. It’s also the place of learning to live with the differences between us all.
Faith can unite. When we keep the word of God and live by it, then we are his true family. When we do this, we get a lot of strength to keep going. Family life may be heaven or hell, but it’s made each of us who we are.
An energy for family life is gratitude – thank God each day for something in someone of our family. It will often fill your day!
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine