Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him,

Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.

But he said in reply to the one who told him,

Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?

And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,

Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.

— Matthew 12:46-50

The peace of the Lord be with you. Can you imagine any greater honor than to be called a brother, sister, or mother of Jesus’s family? Let that soak in just a second. To realize that you are a son and daughter of the creator of all that exists. When Jesus took on our flesh he added another whole level of dignity to our humanity. There is now a link between the human and divine.

Most loving and gracious God, thank you for this most precious gift! Help us to always reflect the light of your face as members of your family. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Tuesday, July 21, 2020