One of my favorite lessons in the Bible study I attended is that God is not just calling us to a relationship with Him. He is calling us to be His family. That means being in relationship not just with Him, but also with our brothers and sisters.
When we think about it, Jesus was always talking in terms of a family relationship. When teaching His disciples to pray, He taught His disciples to call God their Father. Before He died on the cross, He told the disciple whom He loved that Mary was to be his mother and told Mary that His disciple was to be her child.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus also taught the people that His family are the ones who do the will of God:
But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and [my] brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. [For] whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” — Mark 3:33-35
Salvation is not just a personal journey. It is also a journey with the family of God, our brothers and sisters, His Church. Even Jesus was very particular with loving our neighbors in His teachings and His own example.
In your personal journey, you may already have rediscovered God’s love for you. Maybe it is time for you take others with you on the journey. Maybe it is time for you to do something for the family of God.
P.S. As Catholics, we believe that the Church is holy and blameless. However, we also know that its members are not, even our priests and leaders. Maybe it is also time to ask ourselves not what the Church can do for us, but what we can do for the Church. Not what the family can do for us, but what we can do for the family of God.
P.P.S. In my own personal journey, I started with pursuing a relationship with God as well. We all start there. And that is and always will be our most important relationship. After all, Jesus told us to love God with all our heart, mind (yes, our intellect included), and strength. What I am trying to say is that let us also love our neighbors like our own family. For Jesus also told us to love our neighbors, His family here on earth.