Jesus greatly honors His Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by seeking the Gift of Understanding from the Holy Spirit so he can frequently seek the powerful help of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession to grow in the Virtue of Chastity and by building the Virtue of Obedience so he can continually seek to know and do God’s Will in all things.

Liturgy

25th Week in Ordinary time – Tuesday – Lk 8:19-21

Commentary

As Jesus teaches the crowds, some of His male kin (“brethren” were relatives of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth), seek to seize Jesus and return Him to the simple life in Nazareth (Mk 3:21). They seek the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to meet Jesus, but when they are blocked by the massive crowds, she sends a message to Jesus. His spontaneous response is a powerful invitation for all to come to Him: all men and women who do the will of God are His family, and each are related in the Spirit to each other.

While some mistakenly think Jesus disrespects His mother, He instead highly honors her. Jesus, the Son of God, perfectly keeps all the laws, including The 4th Commandment, to “Honor your father and mother…”.  Person of the Trinity, Jesus causes the Immaculate Conception of Mary and loves her deeply; He will crown her the Queen of Heaven, the greatest honor a human could receive. When Jesus reveals that she “who does the will of the Father is His mother”, He is describing the Blessed Virgin Mary’s perfect submission to the Father’s will in  her fiat (Lk 1:38). 

Some falsely believe the term, “brethren” of Jesus proves the Blessed Virgin Mary bore other children. The Church confirms the truth that Jesus was the only child of the Virgin Mary, who remained a virgin her entire life: Hebrew had no word for “cousin” and used “brethren” instead; the “brethren of Jesus” are never called the “children of Mary”; James and Joseph, mentioned as brethren of Jesus, are sons of another Mary (Mt 27:56); at the Crucifixion, Jesus, by Jewish custom, would not have given his Mother into St. John’s care if He had blood brothers. 

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Marvel at how Jesus loves His mother: Son of God, Jesus is the perfection of Charity; Son of Mary, Jesus perfectly loves His mother; perfection of Piety (a part of Justice), Jesus perfectly keeps The 4th Commandment by offering Veneration and Obedience (parts of Justice) to His mother (and St. Joseph).  

Seek the Blessed Virgin’s help to grow in chastity

Realize: A great and beautiful dogma of Christ’s Holy Catholic Church is the truth that Mary, the Mother of God, was “ever virgin”; in these days of rampant sexual temptation and sin, every Catholic man should seek to understand God’s beautiful gift of the virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and seek her intercession to overcome lust and sexual sin. 

Believe: Reflect upon Our Queen’s Perfect Virginity and Motherhood (CCC 487-507).

Pray: Holy Spirit, give me the Gift of Understanding so You fill my mind and heart with an understanding of Our Lady’s virginity and how I will be strengthened in my fight for chastity by honoring and seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

Constantly seek and do God’s Will

Realize: Jesus makes it clear that to be part of His family, men must “hear the word of God and do it”; every Catholic man should strive to be completely obedient to God’s will in every aspect of his life.

Believe: Reflect upon the Thy Will be done section of the Lord’s Prayer (CCC 2822-2827).

Pray: Almighty Father, help me build the Virtue of Obedience (a part of Justice) so I constantly seek Your Will and more clearly know it, and I strive to be obedient to Your Will in all aspects of my daily life; Lord, strengthen me in obedience by allowing me to receive the precious Body and Blood of Your Obedient Son in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.