Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 10, 2018
Early in his ministry, when Jesus came home with his disciples he drew a large crowd, making it impossible for them to eat. Scribes who came from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and accused him of driving out demons by the prince of demons.
Jesus responded by asking: “How can Satan drive out Satan?” He pointed out that if a house is divided against itself it cannot stand.
When his relatives arrived and sent word that they wanted to see him, Jesus asked “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Then he looked at those seated around him and said: “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
Today we call ourselves brothers and sisters of Christ. But do we do the will of God? That question is best answered by how we live. Do we show respect for the poor? For people of other races, other nationalities, other religions? Do we tell the truth? Pay just wages? Care for our children? Respect human life from womb to tomb?
The Gospels make it clear that love of our neighbor is the basis on which we will be judged. “As long as you did it to one of these, the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”