Zechariah 2, 14-17; Luke 1, 46-55; Matthew 12, 46-50
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is from a pious tradition based on the apocryphal Proto-Gospel of James. It holds that Mary, as a child, was presented and educated near the
The tradition carries with it a great consolation. It means that it is also possible for us, human beings to be in union with God. In the Gospel today, Jesus presents to us a practical truth: that what constitutes our being truly brothers and sisters is not our blood relations, but what we share in common Thus, for Jesus, whoever would like to be brothers and sisters to Him, must obey the will of God, the way Mary said ‘yes’ to God’s invitation to be Jesus’ mother.
Our daily lives teach us this truth: we actually find ourselves closer to people who do not belong to our kinsfolk. The reality is that sometimes the deepest friendships are not blood relationships. They are our relationships with whoever connects with us: mind to mind, heart to heart. They are with people who share our common interests, common goals, common principles, or those who compliment them. Thus, it is possible for friends to like each other’s company because they are of opposite poles, but they share a common affection for each other. It is in this sharing that they become truly kith and kin.
There is reason why Jesus calls us his friends, his “mother and brothers and sisters to him.” St. Robert Southwell SJ once wrote as follows:
“If you love a friend so much, if he or she is so attractive that everything he asks of you, you would agree to; and if it is so sweet to sit and talk with him, describe your mishaps to him--- then with ho much more trust should you betake yourself to God, the God of goodness, converse with him, show him your weakness and distress, for he has greater care of you that you have of yourself, indeed he is more intimately you than you are.”