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January 29, 2019: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Reading Hebrews 10:1-10
Gospel Mark 3:31-35

Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

At weekdays Masses in Ordinary Time, it’s rare for the First Reading and Gospel passage to correspond closely in theme. But today these two readings link closely not only with each other, but also with the Responsorial. Our First Reading quotes from today’s Responsorial. The common link among all three is “the will of God”.

Jesus explains in today’s Gospel passage that doing the will of God is what forms the bonds of kinship within God’s family. In saying this, Jesus is not downplaying the significance of His Blessed Mother or any other blood- or legal relatives. After all, why did God the Father choose the young Mary to be the Mother of God if not because her response at the Annunciation—“Let it be done unto me according to thy word”—is the perfect embodiment of the refrain of today’s Responsorial: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”

When you pray the rosary today and meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries, ask our Lady for an outpouring of grace from her Son. Ask her to use this strength not for your own desires, but only to accomplish what the Lord deems necessary in your life to draw you and those you love closer to Him.