Daily Gospel Reflection for January 23, 2018


Today’s Gospel: Mark 3:31-35

It’s easy to spin today’s Gospel as evidence of unwarranted disrespect of Jesus’ own family. But Jesus does not ignore His own. Instead, He welcomes many others into the fold of the family of God: “Who are my mother and my brothers? … Whoever does the will of God…”

Jesus’ own mother, of course, is the ultimate example of one who did the will of God. “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word,” Mary said at the Annunciation. “Do whatever he tells you,” she advised the waiters at the wedding at Cana. Mary’s entire life was centered upon doing the will of God.

Jesus was not — at all — dissing Mary. He was paying her an enormous compliment.


Would Jesus be able to pay us the same compliment He paid His mother? Are we to be counted among those who do God’s will — those He calls brother and sisters?


Lord, help me today to seek to know Your will for my life, and to cooperate with Your plan. Help me to be worthy of being called Your sister or brother.

Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. Thanking God today, not only for my immediate family whom I love so much, but also for my Church family – triumphant, suffering and militant – who support me so much with their love and prayers.

  2. You pose some wonderful questions, Barb, ones I need to remember to ask myself daily: Can I be counted as one of Jesus’ sisters today? Am I following the will of God today? If either answer is no, I need to step it up. Thanks so much for the reminder!

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