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dc.contributor.authorShea, John, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 450en_US
dc.description.abstractGrowing up I remember feeling confused when I heard the phrase, "family first." I always thought to myself, "shouldn't God come first?" After all, God created my family. According to my child-like logic, God should come first.|Today's Gospel complicates that logic. Jesus says something potentially painful in the presence of his biological family by implying that they are not his real or only family. But he's not denying his kin. Rather he's expanding our notion of who belongs in the family of God: "those who hear the word of God and act upon it."|This challenges all of us. Suddenly, family isn't just my immediate family or even my extended family. It includes all believers. Even if we don't enjoy a healthy relationship with our biological family, we know how we ought to behave towards a family member. Parents ought to provide unconditional love to their children. Siblings ought to love and support each other. I'm sure you, like me, fall short of this ideal with your families. So, we shouldn't be surprised when we fail to extend the same love and compassion to our brothers and sisters in the Lord. If we fail to love our children (the unborn and the born, including victims of child trafficking and those held in detention centers) then how can we love the poor, the immigrant and the refugee? By expanding our concept of family, Jesus makes it far more difficult to place family first.|But I find hope in our first reading.|It's telling that the Church pairs this Gospel reading about who belongs in our family with this passage from Ezra. The reading celebrates the construction of the second Temple, which was commissioned and paid for, not by the Jewish people, but by the Persian king Darius. Despite being a Gentile and non-believer, God acts through this foreign king to bring new hope and energy to Israel. The message implies that God's concept of family far exceeds our own expectations. And given how frequently I fail to hear the word of God and act upon it, I can only hope that God places "family first."en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday September 24, 2019: 25th Week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitBiology Departmenten_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorShea, John, S.J.en_US Timeen_US 25en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 8:19-21en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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