Today’s Gospel speaks of the true kindred of Jesus: ‘While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brethren! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”’

This passage is not, as has been sometimes assumed, a demeaning of Mary the Mother of Jesus. Rather, it is an affirmation, that everyone who does the will of God – like His Mother – is drawn into the same close, intimate relationship that she enjoyed. That intimacy led her to the Cross, to stand by Him even as the sword pierced her own soul also, and she remained fearless in her closeness to Him. She did not falter.

May our Lady pray for us, that we may have her courage and faith and steadfast love, and may God bless you this day.