Today's Gospel Luke 8:19-21
'The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you'. But he said in answer, 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.'
In today's Gospel Jesus perhaps surprises people by not seeming to care much for his own mother and his brothers who wanted to see him. This, of course, is not the case as Jesus cares very much for everyone. But on this occasion Jesus uses this opportunity to make a very powerful point to all of us. He says that his mother and brothers are those who hear God's Word and who put it into practice. Do we listen intently to God's Word? Do we put it into practice? Do we only put some of it into practice?
If we struggle with putting the Word of God into practice perhaps we can take some time out in prayer today and ask Jesus for help in this regard. He wants to help us because he himself knows it is not easy. The truth is, we cannot do it alone; we need God's Grace to help us. Jesus can give us that Grace. Just ask him....