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Gospel Tuesday

January 28, 2020

Tuesday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

 
 
Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister
 
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to
 
Saint Mark 3,31-35
 

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers (and your sisters) are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and (my) brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.
(For) whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

 
 
Introductory Prayer:
 

Today I want to encounter you as a friend and brother, Lord. I believe that you want to encounter me and transform me. Thank you for working in my heart, calling me to a deeper identification with you. I trust that you will lead me along paths of growth and fruitfulness.

 
 
Meditation:
 

Who do you love and cherish the most? God did not intend for us to be alone, but to be with others. He gives us many opportunities for developing relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Why did Jesus, on this occasion, seem to ignore his own relatives when they pressed to see him? His love and respect for his mother and his relatives was unquestionable. Jesus never lost an opportunity to teach his disciples a spiritual lesson and truth about the kingdom of God. On this occasion when many gathered to hear Jesus he pointed to another higher reality of relationships, namely our relationship with God and with those who belong to God.


What is the essence of being a Christian? It is certainly more than doctrine, precepts, and commandments. It is first and foremost a relationship – a relationship of trust, affection, commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, mercy, helpfulness, encouragement, support, strength, protection, and so many other qualities that bind people together in mutual love and unity. God offers us the greatest of relationships – union of heart, mind, and spirit with himself, the very author and source of love.


God’s love never fails, never forgets, never compromises, never lies, never lets us down nor disappoints us. His love is consistent, unwavering, unconditional, and unstoppable. We may choose to separate ourselves from him, but nothing will make him ignore us, leave us, or treat us unkindly. He will pursue us, love us, and call us to return to him no matter what might stand in the way. It is his nature to love. That is why he created us – to be united with him and to share in his love and unity of persons (1 John 3:1). God is a trinity of persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and a community of love. That is why Jesus challenged his followers and even his own earthly relatives to recognize that God is the true source of all relationships. God wants all of our relationships to be rooted in his love.


Jesus is God’s love incarnate – God’s love made visible in human flesh (1 John 4:9-10). That is why Jesus describes himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep and the shepherd who seeks out the sheep who have strayed and lost their way. God is like the father who yearns for his prodigal son to return home and then throws a great party for his son when he has a change of heart and comes back (Luke 15:11-32). Jesus offered up his life on the cross for our sake, so that we could be forgiven and restored to unity and friendship with God. It is through Jesus that we become the adopted children of God – his own sons and daughters. That is why Jesus told his disciples that they would have many new friends and family relationships in his kingdom. Whoever does the will of God is a friend of God and a member of his family – his sons and daughters who have been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ.


An early Christian martyr once said that “a Christian’s only relatives are the saints” – namely those who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and adopted as sons and daughters of God. Those who have been baptized into Jesus Christ and who live as his disciples enter into a new family, a family of “saints” here on earth and in heaven. Jesus changes the order of relationships and shows that true kinship is not just a matter of flesh and blood. Our adoption as sons and daughters of God transforms all of our relationships and requires a new order of loyalty to God first and to his kingdom of righteousness and peace. Do you want to grow in love and friendship? Allow God’s Holy Spirit to transform your heart, mind, and will to enable you to love freely and generously as he loves.

 
 
Petition:
 

Lord, help me to put my will in conformity with yours.

 

  1. Maybe He Needs a Break: Jesus was very busy. Perhaps he was tired. Perhaps his mother arrived to give him a bit of food or a word of encouragement. But we find in today’s Gospel a Christ who is strong. He has strengthened himself through intimate contact with the Father. He has filled his heart with a love for souls. He finds nourishment in doing the Father’s will. Surely his mother was encouraged by what she found. Do I let the will of God be my strength? Does prayer transform me to the point where charity and evangelization become my natural way of being?

 

  1. Closeness for the Right Reason: As Jesus taught and healed, people were naturally attracted to him. Yet simply being physically close to him did not count. One had to open one’s heart to receive his message of conversion. He was looking to transform people, to make them capable of living as sons and daughters of God. If I am willing to learn Jesus’ standards and act as he does, then I can be close to him. He will allow me into his intimacy if I make God’s will mine.

 

  1. Accompanying Christ: There is a mysterious reality here. I can actually bring consolation to Christ’s heart. I can accompany him on his divine mission. I must be willing to renounce my will and do only the will of the Father. Can Christ point to me and say, “He is my brother; she is my sister; she is my mother”? I must look at my life and see what is not in conformity to his will. I must make a firm resolution to show my faith and love in the very thing that is most difficult for me.
 
 
Conversation with Christ:
 

Lord, you give me this short life in order to become part of your family. I want to make the Father’s will my own as you did. Help me to put God’s will above everything else, so that it becomes what I most deeply desire. Then I will truly be yours.

 
 
Resolution:
 

Today I will make an act of charity towards someone with whom I find it difficult to get along.

 
 
Prayer:
 
“Heavenly Father, you are the source of all true friendship and love. In all my relationships, may your love be my constant guide for choosing what is good and for rejecting what is contrary to your will.”
 

Evangelio del martes

28 de enero, 2020

Martes de la tercera semana del Tiempo Ordinario

 
 
La verdadera familia de Jesús
 
Del Santo Evangelio según
 
San Marcos 3,31-35
 

Entonces llegaron su madre y sus hermanos y, quedándose afuera, lo mandaron llamar.
La multitud estaba sentada alrededor de Jesús, y le dijeron: “Tu madre y tus hermanos te buscan ahí afuera”.
Él les respondió: “¿Quién es mi madre y quiénes son mis hermanos?”.
Y dirigiendo su mirada sobre los que estaban sentados alrededor de él, dijo: “Estos son mi madre y mis hermanos.
Porque el que hace la voluntad de Dios, ese es mi hermano, mi hermana y mi madre”.

Palabra del Señor

 
 
Oración introductoria

Señor, vengo ante Ti en este momento de oración buscando tener un momento a solas contigo, en silencio. Te consagro todos mis pensamientos, palabras y obras. Concédeme vivir con la ilusión de cumplir hoy, en todo, tu voluntad.
 

Petición

Padre mío, aumenta mi fe, mi esperanza y mi caridad para que renueve minuto a minuto mi opción por Ti.
 

Meditación del Papa Francisco
 
Nuestra mayor alegría es ser pastores, y nada más que pastores, con un corazón indiviso y una entrega personal irreversible. Es preciso custodiar esta alegría sin dejar que nos la roben. El maligno ruge como un león tratando de devorarla, arruinando todo lo que estamos llamados a ser, no por nosotros mismos, sino por el don y al servicio del “Pastor y guardián de nuestras almas”.
 
La esencia de nuestra identidad se ha de buscar en la oración asidua, en la predicación y el apacentar.
 

No una oración cualquiera, sino la unión familiar con Cristo, donde poder encontrar cotidianamente su mirada y escuchar la pregunta que nos dirige a todos: “¿Quién es mi madre y quiénes son mis hermanos?”. Y poderle responder serenamente: “Señor, aquí está tu madre, aquí están tus hermanos. Te los encomiendo, son aquellos que tú me has confiado”. La vida del pastor se alimenta de esa intimidad con Cristo. En respuesta a una vocación especial del Señor, se establecen lazos mucho más sólidos que los del parentesco. Se actúa una consanguinidad con Jesús, propia de quien ha renacido del agua y del Espíritu Santo y según las palabras del divino Maestro: «Quien cumpla la voluntad de Dios, ése es mi hermano, mi hermana y mi madre». Este vínculo especial de consanguinidad y de familiaridad, también se manifiesta en las relaciones mutuas entre las personas: todos se llaman por nombre, nunca por apellido, y en las relaciones diarios se usa el familiar «tú».   (S.S. Francisco).

 
 
Reflexión

Ahí tenemos a Cristo que está predicando a sus “ovejuelas”. Pero he aquí que de pronto alguien viene con la noticia de que su Madre y su parentela quieren verlo. ¿Por qué Cristo no se ha levantado presuroso a recibir a la que más amó en la tierra, su mamá? ¿Por qué en cambio ha respondido de una manera casi indiferente? Pero nada de eso estaba en el Corazón del mejor de los hijos. Si su Madre lo buscaba iría a recibirlo. Y si respondió así la ensalzó sobre todos y como que nos remontó a aquel suceso de años, cuando a la niña María la presentaron en el Templo. “¿Quién es mi Madre y mis hermanos?… Quien cumpla la voluntad de Dios” enseñaba el Maestro.

¿Y quién cumplió mejor en esta tierra esa Voluntad de Dios sino María? Su Madre, Ella, la Siempre Fiel. Por eso la puso de modelo. Todo aquel que llegue a cumplir los deseos de su Padre podrá asemejarse a aquella Dulce Madre, Fidelísima a quien se le confiaron tesoros tan grandes. Y así como una vez fue presentada en el Templo para consagrarla totalmente al Señor ahora Ella, de labios de su Hijo, fue confirmada en su ofrenda total ante el Padre celestial, porque sólo Ella ha logrado vivir consagrada plenamente a los deseos del Señor.

Benditos aquellos que son llamados Hijos de Dios. Pero lo mejor de todo es que cada uno de nosotros, católicos bautizados, también somos hijos predilectos de Dios. Basta con cumplir su voluntad en todo momento.

¿Y cómo saber cuál es la voluntad de Dios? Es muy fácil, a todos nosotros se nos pide ir a Misa todos los domingos y fiestas de guardar. Se nos pide perdonar las ofensas que recibimos, confesarnos y comulgar, hacer bien nuestro deber, evitar los vicios.
 

Ahora, siempre hay que tomar las palabras de Jesús como verdaderas, de otra forma, nuestra fe no valdría de nada. Y si Cristo dice que quien cumple la voluntad de Dios es su hermano, su hermana y su madre, ¡Yo quiero ser hermano de Jesús! Es cuestión de pensar un momento: ¡Tener a Dios como hermano!…
 

Propósito

Pedir luz y fuerza al Espíritu Santo para conocer y cumplir la voluntad de Dios en mi vida.
 

Diálogo con Cristo

Gracias, Jesús, por considerarme como tu hermano, como tu madre, pidiendo simplemente que te ame por encima de todo. Que ponga tu voluntad en primer lugar, porque ésta debe ser siempre mi norma suprema, por encima del ambiente, de las costumbres del mundo, de mis caprichos… Abrazar todo lo que me ayude a cumplir tu voluntad y rechazar lo que me estorbe para seguirla, ése es el camino de la santidad. Señor, dame la gracia de convencerme de que no hay vida más fecunda y hermosa que la que se gasta cumpliendo con tu voluntad santísima.
 
 
Despedida:
 
Te damos gracias, Señor, por todos tus beneficios, a Ti que vives y reinas por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén.
¡Cristo, Rey nuestro!
¡Venga tu Reino!
Virgen prudentísima, María, Madre de la Iglesia.
Ruega por nosotros.
En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.
Amén.