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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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September 24th, 2013
Mandy Widegren
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[450] Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20
Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
Luke 8:19-21

                When I was much younger, I thought it was weird when the priest would call us “brothers and sisters in Christ”. Um, I have one sister; I don’t know who the rest of these people are, but they're not my family. But we truly are brothers and sisters! We are connected by something much bigger than ourselves: our faith in our loving, and merciful Lord. Isn’t that a great feeling? When you’re feeling lonely, just remember that you are surrounded by thousands of Christian brothers and sisters who love and pray for you. How great is it that we can be a member of the family of Christ!

Being a part of His family doesn’t depend on your blood type – it only depends on if you love Him and live His Word. Jesus isn’t exclusive: he doesn’t say, “I will only speak to those who live in this particular area, are this gender, and are this race”. No, he says that he loves everyone regardless of their backgrounds: He loves the sinners, He loves the pastors, He loves the children, He loves the elderly. Can you say that you are that inclusive? Can you love people who are different than you? Even though that’s difficult, that’s what we’re called to be like. It’s easy to be kind to our family and close friends, but how do you treat strangers? How do you treat that homeless man on the street? How do you treat the bully at your work or school? How do you treat your new neighbors or coworkers? It may be easy to point out the differences between you and them, to explain why you don’t like them, or to explain your actions towards them. Even if you are completely different than one person, you have the biggest thing in common – you are both a member of the family of God. And this similarity overshadows all of your differences.

 If you think of everyone as family, wouldn’t you start treating them differently? Today, we are called to recognize that we are truly united with one another because of the love of our Lord, who said that everyone who lives in His Word, is a member of His family. So today, try to view the world in a different way: we are not strangers, we are a family.

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