Homily for Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Real brothers and mothers of Christ
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Mk. 3:31-35) Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus was visited by His mother and His brothers and sisters while He was teaching the crowd. When told of their presence, He took the opportunity to teach them who are really brothers and mothers for Him. They are the ones who do the will of the Father. For Jesus, our relationship with God is defined by our obedience to Him.
So many questions and reflections had been made on the issue of whether the brothers and sisters referred were Jesus’ biological relatives. It was given as a Scriptural basis for disputing mary’s virginity and Jesus’ divinity. Whether they are or they are not, the point of the Gospel is the essence of our relationship with God. Biological relations may score a lot in a way but obedience to the Father’s will is what counts.
Charity begins at home. Our families and relatives are our first responsibility before the Lord. It is to them that we preach first and witness to the Gospel. But they do not necessarily have our exclusive concern. We are our brother’s keeper. We should care for all.
There was this young priest who was always sought for confession and counseling. Men and women line up to him after mass to seek his help. It was hard to get an appointment with him. Even his mother found it difficult to meet with him in his parish. One day she really needed to talk to him. But she saw the long line of people who wanted to consult him. Electing to be more prudent, she decided to join the line and waited for her turn to talk to her son. Her son was surprised to see her. He asked why she still had to line up. She told him that she was ashamed to cut in the line. Her son was moved with pity. But he understood. Even if she was his mother, she could not disregard that he is already a priest and has become available for God for the sake of His people.
Jesus was not disrespectful. For Him, every situation was a proclamation opportunity. He seized it and did it. Let is be a reminder for us not to rely on relations alone. “Palakasan” is not applicable to God. The “malakas,” if it is to be spiritually productive, is to follow God’s will always!