A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 24 September

Ezra 6: 7-8, 12, 14-20, Psalm 122, Luke 8:19-21

Family first

In Maori and Japanese, there are no special words for brother or sister, but a whole set of complex kinship terms. Jesus is not playing mind-games when he widens the definition of family to encompass all those who hear and respond to the Word of God. Do you rejoice that you have brothers and sisters all around the world? Coming from an all-boy family, I certainly rejoice in having sisters in Christ. We need that female-male partnership and complementarity to achieve this work and make us whole.

Lord, thank You for my family.

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