Jesus cryptically exalts His mother the Blessed Virgin Mary as He teaches about doing the will of the Father. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Piety so he can build a vibrant devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and by growing in the Virtue of Observance so he can always honor his own father and mother. 

Liturgy

3rd Week in Ordinary Time – Tuesday – Mk 3:31-35

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).  

Draw closer to the Mother of God

Realize: In God’s infinite wisdom, He desires that all men have the blessing of a mother (and father!). Unlike all other mothers who sin, fail their children in various ways, and eventually die, Jesus has given all men an eternal and perfect Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who never fails to love and help those who come to her. 

Believe: Reflect upon Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (CCC 963-975, 2673-2679, 2682).

Pray: Jesus, Son of Mary, help me build the Virtue of Piety so I am moved to honor Your Mother, come to realize that she is my Mother, and be blessed to more fully receive the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession and care more in my life.   

Be grateful and honor your father and mother

Realize: While parents can fail their children in many ways because of sin, most parents are naturally moved by God to love their children, do their best, and make many sacrifices to guide their children to happiness and success in life; in God’s great wisdom, He has given The 4th Commandment to guide men to be grateful and honor their parents for their sacrifices. 

Believe: Reflect upon The 4th Commandment (CCC 2197-2257).

Pray: Jesus, Son of Joseph and Mary, help me build the Virtue of Observance(a part of Justice) so I recognize and am grateful for the many sacrifices my parents have made for me, and I am always moved to honor and serve my parents.