Today’s Gospel is almost the only place we read about Our Lord’s wider family connections. We read how they did not at all understand or appreciate him. Our knowing that Jesus, even Jesus, had trouble with relatives could have us resolving to do what we must to straighten out our family connections.
Some of us are at odds with family members because of how we shared what was coming to us. Others of us are at odds over alcohol or financial difficulties. Some of us may be at odds over our religious practices. Whatever the difficulty, we should use prayers and common sense to straighten it out.
The commandment about honoring father and mother extends to honoring family members. We honor them by extending our understanding to seeing things their way.
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