Jan 29 (Mk 3:31-35)

A story is told of an elderly lady – who would go place to place, house to house – selling thread, buttons, and shoestrings.

Whenever she would come to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air…

… and go in the direction the stick pointed when it landed.

One day, however, she was seen tossing the stick up several times.

A passerby asked her:  “Why do you toss the stick more than once?”

Because,” replied the woman, “it keeps pointing to the left…

… and I want to take the road on the right!”

She then dutifully kept throwing the stick into the air……

… until it pointed the way she wanted to go!

Very often, in our spiritual life, we are like that:

>> Even though we know what is the Will of God for us…

… we keep tossing our minds in such a way, that we convince ourselves to do what we want to do!

>> Even if we understand what is it that the Lord wants us to do…

… we toss our thoughts in a way, to finally do, what we were desiring to do!

Is doing the Will of God at the centre of our lives?

The Gospel of Day has Jesus focusing the attention of His followers on the most vital dimension of the Kingdom of God: Doing God’s Will.

Jesus is in the thick of His ministry.

>> The place is packed with people sitting on the floor, in the passage-way, around the doors and windows, craving to listen to what Jesus is speaking.

It’s at that time that His family members arrive.

>> His family can’t get through to him, so they send a message in, and it passes from one person to person: “Tell him that his mother and brothers are outside looking for him” (Mk 3: 32)

The message finally reaches Jesus.

It is interesting to consider the feelings and reactions of the different persons…

· The family of Jesus…

….are eager and concerned to get the Lord back home

… are wanting to meet Him and if possible to give Him a break in His ministry

· The crowd around Jesus…

… are understandable that the family of the Lord are keen to meet Him

… are expecting Jesus to stop His preaching to accommodate meeting His kith and kin

This was a significant time and moment.

The Lord loves to make use of critical moments to put across a message…

>> The Lord loves to thrive on crucial situations to send forth a teaching…

Jesus uses the arrival of His physical family as an opportunity to teach about His relationship with His spiritual family.

Jesus brings the focus back on what is most essential.

>> What was most needed was not human relationships…

>> What was most needed was not human affairs…

… But what was most necessary was spiritual relations!

… What was most necessary was spiritual affairs!

Jesus brings to focus…

… the importance to seek and do God’s Will

… the importance to become related in the Kingdom.

What is our own attitude and mentality…

>> Am I concerned more with worldly affairs or do I engage myself more into spiritual realities?

>> Am I disturbed more by earthly concerns or do I share more the anxiety for spiritual growth?

>> Am I obsessed more with worldly gains or do I be zealous for spiritual graces and blessings?

Very often…

… we lose our focus

… we lose sight of the proper track…

>> The Lord, today exhorts us on the essentials of a Christian Life.

Christian life sometimes gets diluted with too many “social” concerns…

… at the expense of spiritual realities.

Christian life sometimes gets polluted with too many “interdisciplinary” matters…

… at the expense of true faith and teachings.

Christian life sometimes gets ruined with too many “compromising” practices…

… at the expense of Gospel values and  standards.

Let us avoid all those temptations that cause us to toss our minds in such a way that deviate us away from the Will of God!

As St Angela Merici, (whose feast was celebrated on Jan 27) says:

>> “In the fulfilment of your duties, let your intentions be so pure that you reject from your actions any other motive than the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”

>> ” Do something, get moving, be confident, risk new things, stick with it…

…  then be ready for BIG SURPRISES”

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “ God enables His children to walk before Him.

>> He holds their hand in difficulties; He Himself carries them along…

… in hardships that he sees as being otherwise, unbearable to them!”

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