Reading 1 (MICAH 7:14-15, 18-20)

Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
That dwells apart in a woodland,
in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old;
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,
show us wonderful signs.

Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but delights rather in clemency,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our guilt?
You will cast into the depths of the sea
all our sins;
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
and grace to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers
from days of old.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8)

R. (8a) Lord, show us your mercy and love.
You have favored, O LORD, your land;
you have brought back the captives of Jacob.
You have forgiven the guilt of your people;
you have covered all their sins.
You have withdrawn all your wrath;
you have revoked your burning anger.
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.
Restore us, O God our savior,
and abandon your displeasure against us.
Will you be ever angry with us,
prolonging your anger to all generations?
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.
Will you not instead give us life;
and shall not your people rejoice in you?
Show us, O LORD, your kindness,
and grant us your salvation.
R. Lord, show us your mercy and love.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:23)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel(MATTHEW 12:46-50)

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Reflection: In the First Reading (Micah 7:14-15, 18-20), the Prophet Micah pleads before the Lord to shepherd Israel, whom he has shown wonderful signs from of old like that of the exodus from Egypt. The prophet is also assured that God will hear the pleas of his people, and he will also be faithful to them. In return, each individual is called to be faithful to him and his precepts that give joy to the heart. In the Gospel (Matthew 12:46-50), Jesus’s mother and brothers are present when he is speaking to the crowds. In the context of faith, brothers may refer to brother of the brother of another woman or in simple terms relatives, since Mama Mary remained a virgin before, during, and after the Birth of Jesus (2nd Marian dogma). This is what the Gospel passage is telling us. Jesus is not complaining about his Mother and relatives, but he wants to extend the family of God. Family does not only refer to physical blood contact, but also spiritual aspects in life. That is why the Lord calls his disciples brothers, for they obeyed the message proclaimed to them. And of course, it still remains a fact that at the foot of the Cross, he entrusted the Blessed Mother to us to be our spiritual Mother who intercedes for us before the Triune God. When we were baptized, we become members of this one large family, the Church, wherein we are called to be children of the Father. It is important for us to obey his word, which is by being faithful and doing good works of charity and kindness. And if we continue to do these things in our lives until the end, then God will give us the eternal reward in the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the beatific vision, or in simple terms, to see him face to face. So as we journey down this road, may we all become God’s children through obedience, faithfulness, and service.

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