Reading I: Exodus 14:21-15:1
Responsorial: Exodus 15:8-9, 10 and 12, 17
Gospel: Matthew 12:46-50
Jesus' family came to look about him. They were standing outside. Were they anxious because this new message of his was so revolutionary or because they could see the opposition rising against him and were afraid for him? Whatever the reason, Matthew uses it to bring home an important point; there is a new way of looking at the world here, a new way of seeing our neighbour where everyone becomes part of the "Family of God." This parable ties in beautifully with the Good Samatitan. Jesus is broadening out the whole concept of God's people. He has not yet declared all people to be part of his kingdom, that task he would give to
St. Paul, (salvation was first offered to the Jews) but he is clearly redefining things here, as the kingdom or Family of God becomes ever more open.