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Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ex. 14: 21-1 5; 1 & Mt. 12: 46-50

Today's first reading always reminds me of the wonderful way in which the lsraelites’ crossing of the Red Sea was portrayed in the 'Ten Commandments' epic film. Those lsraelites who escaped must have seen the hand of God in their destiny. They had to admit that God alone was responsible for their freedom.

God our Father wants to make us brothers and sisters of Jesus, His own children. In the Gospel Jesus tell us how we can be His kin. Is it not wonderful to think that in fact we can really have Jesus as our brother? But it will all depend on just how we are doing His Father’s will.

A 10 year old boy, barefoot and purple with cold, was peering through a shoe shop window. A lady approached and said, 'Why are you looking so earnestly in that window?' He replied, 'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes.' The lady took him into the shop and asked for half a dozen pairs of socks and a pair of shoes for the boy, and a basin of water, some soap and a towel. She took the boy to the back of the shop and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet and dried them with the towel.

She then put a pair of socks on the boy's feet and the shoes. The remaining socks were given to the boy in a carrier bag. 'No doubt, my little fellow, you feel warm and comfortable now!' As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her hand and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, asked 'Are you God’s wife?'

I think this story is a wonderful demonstration of the words of Jesus, “For whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven is my brother and sister and mother”. The will of the Father is that our lives should ooze with love. The woman who had pity on the boy loved him in his hour of need.

We admire our Blessed Lady for being the mother of Jesus, giving Him a body. But we should admire her even more for doing the will of the Father when she said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you have said be done to me.” Her spiritual kinship to God is greater than her physical relationship to Jesus.

Holy Spirit, give us the grace always to do God’s will, and so be kin to Jesus.

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