Lenten Devotion: Tuesday, March 10
And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.” And he answered them, saying, “Who is my mother, or my brethren?” And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, “Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
There is something in our Soul that seeks, has always sought, to be part of something more.
We grow up with and honor our Family members: mother, father, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin. We have a sense of extended family as we embrace relatives at a distance, develop close relationships with friends, and establish our own Family of wife, husband, children, and in-laws. Our list of Family members keeps growing, as do our relationships and associations in school, business and community. We keep finding something larger and bigger to which we are a part.
Particularly, from the time of Baptism and as we live in Communion, we accept that we are part of a larger Christian Family, something beyond those who are known. We are called upon to embrace others into our Family that are unknown. We are called to Love in that moment that which is Christ about each person, to see the Holy Spirit as it works in their lives and in ours.
“What would Jesus do?” Love and accept and cherish others as Family.
There is a prayer card I often read… an image of a carved Jesus on the Cross… with the message: “Take Me, and give your self to the world.”
Just so, embrace your Family: Everyone, and Love the Christ within them.