January 24, 2023 –
St. Francis de Sales
“For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
The heart of today’s Gospel passage is “the will of God”. Jesus explains that doing the will of God is what forms the bonds of kinship within God’s family. In doing so, Jesus is not downplaying the significance of His Blessed Mother or any other blood- or legal relatives.
Consider the distinctions that Jesus is and is not making here. Ask yourself why God the Father chose the young Mary to be the Mother of God. Wasn’t it because her response at the Annunciation—“Let it be done unto me according to thy word”—is the perfect embodiment of understanding and carrying out the will of God?
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 that you might 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.