Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

In the most recent film on the Blessed Virgin, Mary of Nazareth (2013), directed by Giacomo Campiotti, there is a scene showing Mary trying to see Jesus as he teaches. Rather than allowing her to enter, Jesus asks a theological question, “Who are my mother and brothers?” Jesus then answers his own question, “for whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

As depicted in the film, Mary frowns in confusion at first, but then understanding creeps in and the smile emerges. Her relatives urged Mary to go home because Jesus has repudiated his own mother. Nevertheless, Mary replies that she will stay and follow Jesus on his travels. When questioned how she can continue to follow Jesus who has disowned her, Mary answers simply, “He’s my Lord.”

Mary describes Jesus as her Lord. How do you feel about this way of describing Jesus? What does your reaction tell you about your attitude to Jesus? By saying “He’s my Lord”, Mary put Jesus in the center of her life. Is that how you see Jesus in your life?

January 27th, 2015