Home is Doing God’s Will

ON CHURCH AND POLITICS
July 20, 2020
STANDING OUTSIDE
July 21, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Home is Doing God’s Will
 
One of our greatest needs is belongingness. We need to be part of a group, a family, or a circle of friends. Belongingness gives us a sense of identity, security, and most of all, home. It makes us happy to know we belong, and we are not alone.
 
In our gospel reading today, the family of Jesus came all the way from Nazareth to Capernaum to talk to Jesus. Maybe to convinced Him to go home with them or advised Him to tone down His teachings. By that time, Jesus was becoming popular with everyone but not to the religious leaders. His family wanted to protect Him by taking Him out of His ministry. They wanted Jesus to think, talk, and work like them. Being different makes anyone not part of the family or peers.
 
But Jesus knew His real family. Thus, He knew His identity, priorities, and dreams. His real identity comes from His Divine family, thus His deepest desire was to obey the will of His Father. At his point, Jesus was not disregarding the importance of His earthly family. He simply emphasized the importance of BEING PART OF THE DIVINE FAMILY and OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF GOD. In the process, Jesus praised His disciples for choosing to follow Him.
 
Our experience tells us that following Jesus is not easy. Sometimes our families, peers, and others feel that we are different. Following Jesus separates us from them. We are criticized, misunderstood, and ostracized. We feel alone and not belong anymore. We are deeply hurt. In the end, we are challenged to choose … my family and friends or Jesus?
 
Our gospel today consoles us. Jesus is telling us that we are not alone in being alone. He has his own experience of being misunderstood, ostracized, maligned, criticized, scolded, and laughed at by his own family, relatives, and friends. The crowd and His disciples left him too in the cavalry. To follow God may cost us our relationship with others, but it will bring us closer to God. Once Jesus told a rich young man that foxes have holes and birds have nests, but He has no home here.
 
For Jesus, HOME is following the will of God. His words and work reveal His priorities in life. He was obedient to the Father until the end. He did not waver nor left His Father. His union with the Father was His everything.
 
Do you feel ostracized or rejected for doing good? Are your friends criticizing you for “being weird, crazy, or different” for upholding Christian values? Do you feel alone for following Jesus? Are you willing to lose everything for the sake of God? Are you willing to be alone for Jesus?
Being alone for a good cause is not a tragedy. Being laughed at by our friends for following Jesus hurts us deeply. But being part of the group does not guarantee us happiness and belongingness. Human relationship matters but divine relationship counts a lot, in fact, it is our everything.
 
Home is following the will of God. You may have a family or peers, but if your heart is not there, you are not at home. You may have lost your friends and family for following Jesus, but deep down in your heart, you are filled with joy for following Jesus.
 
And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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July 21, 2020 – Tuesday
Gospel Reading: Matthew 12: 46-50

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