Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

The Importance of Family…

The music group Bon Jovi had a popular song a few years ago titled  ”Who says you can’t go home.” 

Here are some of the words to the song: “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”

I spent 20 years trying to get out of this place I was looking for something I couldn’t replace I was running away from the only thing I’ve ever known Like a blind dog without a bone I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold I been there, done thatand I ain’t lookin’ back on the seeds I’ve sown, Saving dimes, spending too much time on the telephone Who says you can’t go home

Who says you can’t go home There’s only one place they call me one of their own Just a hometown boy, born a rolling stone, who says you can’t go home Who says you can’t go back, been all around the world and as a matter of fact There’s only one place left I want to go, who says you can’t go home It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, its alright (For rest of lyrics, click here)…

Both music and Scripture have a way of speaking to the heart.  They strike an emotional chord, and often express in a unique way our innermost thoughts and feelings.

In the Gospel reading for today’s Liturgy (Mt 12:46-50), Jesus talks about family – mother, brother, sister…He is speaking about more than blood relatives (as is Bon Jovi).  Jesus is speaking about those who are united in belief & committment to doing the will of God.  As we travel life’s journey, we are often able to see more clearly how necessary these relationships are – and how in all circumstances, they will assist us in becoming who we are called to be, and in doing what we are called to do as disciples of Christ.  God places these familiar & “family” relationships in our lives to help us on our journey.

May we not be afraid to “go home,” & may we also not be afraid or hesitant to be brother, sister, mother for those in our own faith community.

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.” But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”  Mt 12:46-50


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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018