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Faith Daily | 19 July 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p563

O God,

you alone can order our unruly wills and affections:

teach us to love what you command,

and to desire what you promise,

that, among the changes and chances of this world,

our hearts may surely there be fixed

where true joys are to be found;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 12: 46-50

46While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”


I picture Mary and the brothers of Jesus waiting patiently for Jesus as he speaks to the crowd. As the biological family of Jesus, they know and love him as no others can. I imagine Mary, so grace-filled, patient and full of trust is captured by the wisdom of her son’s words, but has no need to ‘possess’ him. She belongs to the wider family as well, as one who has committed to follow Jesus as his first disciple. (‘Let it be done to me according to your will’ Luke1:38).

At our baptism we were invited into that same family, as sons and daughters of Christ, and brothers and sisters of the members of Christ’s family, the Church. Our calling is simply to be loving, patient and full of trust as Mary was. In turn we are loved as a parent loves their child, as Mary loved her son to the end, and be willing to answer that same call to follow, and to model our lives on that of Jesus. The bonus is that we become and remain a member of that extended family for (eternal) Life. It is as simple and difficult as that!!

FINAL PRAYER Let us respond as Mary did to the call:

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant. Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name; His mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation."


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