Tuesday the Third week
St. Francis De sales
Mark 3:31- 35
What does our will want for us today? Our lives are all about making God’s will our will and most of the time I would guess we do pretty well at this. What we want to concern ourselves about are the times when we have to ask ourselves, “Am I going to say that? Am I going to do that? Am I going to continue to think that?” Those are the times when the evil has crept into our lives and is working on us. Our readings are all to help us change our wills to God.
In our first reading, the writer of Hebrews is saying, “The sacrifice of animals is not capable of bringing about the change of our will that we desire. It is only in Jesus Christ who has died on the cross for us, do we get the power to overcome temptation and sin. The writer of Hebrews says, “We have already been consecrated in him.” Hold that thought because we are going to need it for what Jesus says next in our gospel.
In our Gospel, Jesus is told that his mother and his sisters and brothers are outside waiting for him. He responds, “Those who do the will of my Father are my mother and my brother and sister.” Jesus is already challenging us to look at ourselves honestly, and ask, “Who is on the inside of my circle of friends and who is on the outside?” Our circle should get a bit larger today as we do not look at outside appearances, but how we are all trying to live the will of God.
May this Eucharist bring us to a fuller understanding of God’s will.