– Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time –
While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. [Matthew 12:46]
There is something that feels ‘familiar’ about Mary’s place in today’s gospel. It evokes a feeling of being on the outside looking in; of being outside and wanting to speak with someone who, at that moment, seems too busy for you; of being at work, waiting for that meeting to finish so you can get the information you need; of a needing to talk to family member or friend who has so much going on, and they don’t know just how much you need them.
As I sat with this, I tried to imagine how Mary felt at that moment. Is she feeling proud, knowing that her son is doing the work of his Father? Does she feel left behind? Or does she see this as the beginning of the end – a mother’s intuition telling her that he will not always be there? Whilst I was praying, I realised that, more often than not, it’s not me on the outside looking in, wanting to be with Jesus – It is Him; it is Jesus who is often left out of my life, who is wanting to draw close to me, wanting to speak with me.
Our Lord is always there, ready to be with you, speak to you, comfort, strengthen and love you. He does not begrudge you for not spending more time with him, rather, He values your time, in fact, he treasures it; He is never too busy for you.
Jesus, help me to make room in my heart today for you who always gives me your full attention.
by Nattasha Mierendorf