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July 20th - Mt. 12: 46, 48-50

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordJuly 20, 2021
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today's first reading is Exodus 14:21 - 15: 1, 20-21 and the canticle is from Exodus 15

I am blessed with my brother, Rob.  He is a good man, a great father and husband, and someone I am quite proud of and admire.  Of course, I love him, but just as importantly, I like him.  I enjoy spending time with him. 

I know that not everyone can say that about their siblings.  I have heard plenty of stories of siblings who are estranged and in some cases, literally have not seen each other for years.  

Jesus today asks a rhetorical question, "Who is my mothers and who are my brothers?"  Then we hear His profound answer.

Jesus had no children, and hence, none of us can claim to be His direct descendants.  But we are related to Him.  After all, it was His Father in heaven who helped to make us.  And hence He becomes our brother.  The thought of which should make us feel good.  But the question remains for each one of us to answer, "Since that is the case, what kind of sibling am I to Him?"