Thursday 23 July 2015

Tuesday of the 16th Week, uneven numbered year Mardi de la 16e semaine, année impaire

“Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in Heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Ex.14, 21-15, 1 Ex 15 Mt 12,46-50

Tuesday of 16th Week, uneven numbered year

“As Jesus was still speaking to the crowds suddenly his mother and his brothers were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him.”

Jesus was speaking to the crowds, and his relations, his cousins had brought Mary along to speak to him. Jesus is neither understood nor accepted by his family and those around him! The mention of a mother, brothers and sisters suggest a real family. It is when it is said’ speaking to the crowds’ that Jesus shows the disciples. The ones to whom he designates is therefore the crowds who are to become a big family. Much more than the blood links, Jesus wishes to gather together a big family in which no one would have any pretention, concerning him, neither relations nor anyone else. He belongs completely to the Kingdom and its mission. When Peter takes up his sword to defend Jesus , He says to Him “Leave your sword in the sheath.” He manifests how this new family doesn’t defend itself through violence, nor does it sow violence.Wherever violence has been sown, only violence is harvested. We all know how in a situation of domination liberation by another domination leads to only a new domination. Jesus is an artisan of peace, his way is another way altogether.

“But to the man who told him this, Jesus replied, ’Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?’ And stretching out his hand to his disciples he said, ’Here are my mother and my brothers.”

Jesus looks around at his listeners, then says something that surprises everybody : ’Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? And indicating his disciples he says ’’these are my mother, my brothers.Whoever does the will of the Father is a brother, a sister, a mother for me. ’It is ’to do the will of the Father’. Peter’s face emerges : it is all about being Jesus’ family, but the decisive element to bring this about is to do the Will of the Father. Obedience to the Father is constitutive of Jesus’ ’filiation’, counting on God shows trusting obedience, the attitude of the

one who puts his life in the hands of another. It is the most beautiful and radical form of obedience.The high priests are not mistaken when they have the intuition that Jesu’ obedience to His Father makes him his own Son. It is through a total obedience to the Father that Jesus brings about his filiation. Tradition did not hesitate to call the Church, following Mary, the ’Mother Church“, because it gives life to numerous children through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. It is the Church, in her maternal countenance, that will give life to an immense people of brothers and sisters who love each other.”Anyone who does the will of my Father in Heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Surprisingly, In the same way Jesus hides Mary He also reveals her. Following his example, we want to let go of any violence, to join the Word of God as Mary did and we want to let ourselves be formed by her. When Jesus tells St John to take Mary for his mother, he says ’Behold your mother.’ and ’Behold your son.’ There is a real sense of belonging between them. Once again, Mary is the ’Mother of Mercy’ making a link with her own family. Jesus doesn’t defends himself from his family, but he wants to introduce the order of love into a family that is new. It will be this People who, in Christ, will give Divine Life. It is the ’Convocation’, the gathering together of a new People, it is the place from which a life of Love will be given. Mary will remain in secret, for she announces the marvels of God in the secret of her heart. Jesus, refused by the authorities and abandoned by the crowd, shows the presence of his true community, that of the disciples and he indicates the conditions, offered to all, to be a part of it.The disciples, with Mary, form a family of which our Heavenly Father is Abba, our darling Daddy.

We ask for the grace to hear this Word with a heart that is similar to Mary’s heart.