Doing the right thing

Isaiah 66:10-14
Psalm 66
Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

The family is a funny institution. We make much of being related to each other, of sharing common ancestors, common history, common DNA. We speak of fierce loyalties with phrases like “Blood is thicker than water.” As parents and children, brothers and sisters, we have bonds that go beyond words. We love each other even if we don’t particularly like each other. What’s funny is that in a culture in which having choices is viewed as a God-given right, we have such strong ties to people we do not choose. Who our mother is, who our brother is, who our great-grandfather is--these relationships are out of our control and our choosing. They are simply God’s gifts to us. We accept this as a part of life that gives us both pain and pleasure.


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