September 20, 2022
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” (Luke 8:21)
ACT ON IT: Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be a part of the inner circle of Jesus? To be among His chosen and to hang on His every word? To experience the intimacy enjoyed by His closest friends and family.
In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus extends that invitation to us when he says: “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
Jesus could just have easily said, “Actions speak louder than words” or “Put your money where your mouth is.” Instead, he said, “Hear the word and act on it.”
Those, then, are our marching orders: Believe and act.
What is in it for us? What is the pay-off? We become part of Jesus’ inner circle, his family. We are his “mother and brothers.”