YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: PRIMARY AND VITAL RELATIONS
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Mk. 3:20-35) Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
In the day’s Gospel Jesus was told about the visit of His parents and relatives while He was teaching. At that moment, many had been accusing Him of being with the demon and out of His mind. Jesus was trying to explain to them the stupidity of their accusation. For why would Satan destroy his own? Hard to blame them. They were desperate. Jesus was attracting so many people. They have to resort to all kinds of ways to destroy His reputation.
But Jesus’ reaction to the arrival of His parents and brothers and sisters was telling. “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
Biological relations are important. But spiritual ones are primary and vital. For what good are biological relations if spiritual ones are abandoned or neglected? After all, our destiny is not for this world but continuous to the next life. Paramount in life is salavation.
I had heard a similar story about a priest who is now a bishop. The priest was very well loved by his people and was being sought for advices. Others just wanted to meet him even for some minutes to hear his wisdom after his mass. One day, after mass, his mother wanted to talk to him. He had not visited her for a long time. His mother missed him so much so she decided to attend his mass and hoped to meet him after. When she went to the sacristy after mass, she saw a long line of people who wanted to meet her son. Worried about the reaction of her son and prudent not to create an issue if she will storm ahead of the line (She is the mother, remember?), she took her place in the line! You can just imagine the reaction of his son when she saw her mother after waiting in line.
This time, it was the mother who lived what Jesus taught. Blood relations are not passes to avail of opportunities and graces. We line up if we should. God’s will is not automatically lived just because we are baptized Catholics. Nor is it fulfilled when we are close to ministers and serve in parishes. We have a life to live. More importantly, we have a faith to live. We have a God to follow. We have a destiny to reach.