3rd Week of Ordinary Time (29th January, 2019)
First Reading: Heb 10:1-10
Gospel: Mk 3:31-35
Today both the first reading from the book of Hebrews and the Gospel speak on the will of God. The first reading says, “First you did not want what the Law slays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the cereal offerings, the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to do your will” (Heb 10:8-9). Then the Gospel says, “Any one who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother” (Mk 3:35). Now the question for us to ponder is what it means doing eh will of God or in other words, “How do we know what is the will of God”. And it is important that we do the will of God so that we may enter heaven as Jesus says, “Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter” (Mt 7:21).
In fact, when we look into the ministry of Jesus, the aspect of doing the will of God emerges at the time of his conception in the womb of Mother Mary as well as at Gethsemane Garden. It is as if his entire being on earth was wrapped with the will of God. He does speak of it in many instances as well. Prior to entering into the active ministry life, after his life of forty days in the wilderness, when Jesus was tempted to consume the magical bread to be made out of stones, Jesus sharply refuses to obey the commandment of Satan says, “doing the will of God is my food”. He in fact invites us also to realize this fact that our food for the journey to eternal life is the will of God.
Naturally today’s readings once again lay importance on the aspect of doing the will of God. Two aspects become clear from them. The first reading prioritizes the doing of the will of God is above any other sacrifice. It makes the will of God as the most pleasing offering of oneself. So the reading says, “First you did not want what the Law slays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the cereal offerings, the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to do your will”. The second aspect is that by doing the will of God, we get closer to Him and become worthy to be called His brothers and sisters. This is what we see in today’s’ Gospel. It is true that when his mother and brother heard the word, “Who are my mother and my brothers? And looking at those sitting in a circle round him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers”. They must have been under shock even. But Mother Mary knows that it was by submitting herself to the will of God that she become the instrument in bringing Jesus to this earth and it is by doing the will of God that she was found to be physically assumed into heaven. She becomes prototype and perfect example of what it means. Will of God ultimately means trust in God; and conducting our lives according to that trust and inspiration of the Will of God. Mother Mary did so throughout her life. It involves many sacrifices for our part and Jesus considers the sacrifice wm make in our trust in Him and doing the will of God is far more pleasing to God than anything else. Let us become like the second son in the parable who fulfilled the will of his father even though he initially said no to him. May our life be a continual sacrifice made to fulfill he will of God. Amen.