Daily Gospel Reflection for January 28, 2014

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Today’s Gospel Mark 3:31-35

“Who are my mother and my brothers?”

I am the oldest of four and in my life I have often wondered that very thing: exactly who are my mother and brothers and sister?  I don’t seem to fit in, so maybe that tale of being adopted is true.

Of course, one look at my mom and I together and you know where I came from.  For a long time it saddened me that I was the “oddball” of the family.  I was happiest with my grandparents and great-grandparents, learning all things they wanted to teach me and getting attention I didn’t get at home.

As an adult, living twelve hundred miles from my nearest sibling and parents, I have found a new family.  And our bond was formed in our faith.  We met at church and grew into a family.  It has changed over the years, gained and lost members for various reasons, suffered joys and tragedies.

Our common bond, though, is what has sustained us and will do so in the future.  Our faith in Jesus brought us together and some of us say that we sought each other out very specifically; I believe that our love is part of God’s plan for us.

I may not be as close to my families as I’d like, but not for a minute is there doubt that I have a family of friends, joined together not by blood but by the love of God.

Ponder

Who has God given to you as part of your family, even if they are not related to you by blood?

Pray

Father, we ask you to watch over all our families and friends.  Show us how to love one another and teach us to be present.  Let the love we share with them be the love of your Son.  Amen.

Copyright 2014 Deanna Bartalini

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Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog, and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com. Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Gracewatch Media. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

3 Comments

  1. I’m so blessed in the family department, but I’m also loved and in love with several “soul sisters” who are my lifelines. I fear often that I “take” more than I give in familial relationships… working on that! Thanks for a beautiful reflection Deanna!

  2. Thank you for your honestly beautiful reflection, Deanna! As an only child of divorced parents, I longed for a more traditional family. Now, as the mother of six, I feel incredibly blessed, although I’m just learning about sibling dynamics and the craziness of a big family, so sometimes I feel a bit clueless and have to ask my husband, “is this normal?” 🙂 Anyway, I desire the sisters in Christ that you (and Lisa) are referring to. I think I’m slowly developing those “soul sister” relationships, but it has taken awhile; not sure why!

    God bless you today!!

  3. I come from that huge stereotypical Irish German Catholic family we all hear about. Since we’re so big and tight-knit, it’s always a temptation to put my earthly family above my heavenly one. I’m so grateful for the blessing of family and friends that encourage me to keep the right order of my relationships: God, husband, my little family, my extended family, friends, and all others. Hearing Jesus say that his earthly family (which consisted of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph!) is less important than his heavenly one certainly makes me take pause and consider my priorities! Jesus shows all of us how to balance honoring our family while placing God first in our lives. Thank goodness we get those beautiful sacramental graces to keep us chugging along! Thank you for your beautiful reflection, Deanna. I’ll be pondering who God has given me to be part of my family–whether through blood or otherwise.

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