Gospel - January 27, 2015

MK 3:31-35

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 

And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Reflection - January 27, 2015

My experiences at Notre Dame motivated me toward a career dedicated to service and Catholic education. After graduation, I pursued a master’s degree in public service management and have since worked in Catholic schools. I strive to live our Catholic values in all facets of my life, but I find myself asking if I’m doing enough. Or when I stumble, I question what Jesus might think. These instances of doubt prompt me to consider what it must have been like to be one of Jesus’ first disciples and whether it was difficult for them to answer his call to follow him and live up to what were incredibly high expectations.

I am reassured by the words in today’s Gospel. Jesus sees all of us who are doing the will of God as his own brother or sister, which is an important reminder that we are all called to be a disciple of the Lord. This message lives beyond the Gospel in Church teachings that reaffirm the importance of active collaboration among religious and the lay faithful in fulfilling the mission of the Church.

If we continue to work on being a steward of God’s creation and strive to live an authentic life based on our faith, Jesus will see us in the same light that he saw those who were sitting around him in this Gospel: as being in communion with one another and with him. While these are still high expectations, not unlike what Jesus asked of his first apostles, today’s Gospel is a realistic reminder of how to think about discipleship as a layperson in today’s Church. We should be heartened that our efforts toward these goals are seen favorably by the Lord.

Lindsey Anderson Lopez ‘04


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Prayer - January 27, 2015

God our Father, thy will be done: not in the abstract, not in theory, not as a nice idea, but concretely, right here, right now, today, in our lives. Help us to believe that you always and only will what is good for us, for your only-begotten Son laid down his life for us and he is Lord forever and ever. 

Msgr. Michael Heintz
Director of the Master of Divinity Program


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