From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education
Theme: To walk the path of discipleship, we must each make a conscious choice to follow Jesus. When we are young, our parents make these choices for us. As young people grow in maturity and independence, they begin to make these choices for themselves.
Summary: In today’s Gospel Jesus’ relatives come to pull him away from the crowd. However, Jesus won’t leave. Instead he uses the moment to teach. He tells the crowd that his family is larger than his blood relatives, or even his ethnic group or nation. Jesus’ family and your family, if you follow him includes all people who do God’s will. Notice that Jesus includes all people who do God’s will, not just his disciples. That means our family includes everyone!
Scripture: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:20-3
In Scripture today, Jesus was together with his disciples in a house. When Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived at the house, they sent someone inside to look for him. They told Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
Jesus looked around at the people seated around him and answered, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” You and I love our families, but we also have a wonderful family of faith made up of brothers and sisters who love God and love one another. It is wonderful to be a part of “The Family of God.”
Heavenly Father, we thank you for our families and we thank you for our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
A Prayer book for Catholic Families
Written by Christopher Anderson
Family Discussion: Families are places of beginnings. Within our family, we first learn what it means to be part of a community. We share a closeness and experience mutual understanding and support. We learn how to love one another, how to ask for and receive forgiveness, and how to apply all these lessons to the world outside our homes.
As you gather as a family, talk about what makes your family special. Share some of the lessons you have learned together about love, forgiveness, and understanding. Then read today’s Gospel, Mark 3:20–35. Jesus wants us to understand that by doing God’s will, we are part of a bigger family. Choosing to follow Jesus, being his disciple, means we must treat one another with kindness and mercy. We must become a family. Conclude by asking God to bless your family and to help you do God’s will by seeing all his people with the same kind of love and compassion. Pray together the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary.