Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

To be Close to Jesus: Breakfast with the Word. Reflection

 

 

Luke 8:19-21

 

 

 

To be close to Jesus is like a demand for every follower. Closeness indicates a personal and intimate relationship with someone. When one is close to a person, it indicates that there is already a relationship bonded by blood or by affiliation.

To be close to Jesus means being in an intimate and personal relationship with the Lord. Today, Jesus’ closest relatives; His mother and brothers (this does not mean that Virgin Mary gave birth to another child after Jesus Christ) came to see Him but Jesus used that opportunity to draw a similarity with those who hear the word and keep it and his mother and brothers. In essence, the gospel of today indicates that if Jesus is close to His family, He is also close to all who keep the Word. If He is in love with His family, He also loves those who keep the word.

The gospel also indicates the following:

 

1. First of all, Jesus is not trying to detest his mother nor his brothers. Jesus loves His mother so much, it was because of her, He performed his first miracle at Cana (John 2). In the same way, His mother is even the first to obey God’s message by saying yes to the angel. Jesus is not telling us to hate or detest our family, but keeping the word of God creates a bond between us and God. Obedience to His word is like belonging to a family with Jesus.

 

2. Jesus is using this opportunity to explain the prime importance of keeping to the word. It is not all about reading the word but hearing and keeping to it. This emphasizes that being close to God is not how much we prophesy, fast, and pray and yet our hearts refuse to change. It is not how far we read and cram bible quotations. But only by being open to the word. Keeping to them because of what it is β€œthe word of God”.

 

closeness with Jesus

3. By this, Jesus is trying to let us understand that no earthly bond with anyone should be our priority and none should take the first place in our lives. In whatever we do, God should take the first place. This is when we consider how what we do means to God before we delve into it. This does not mean we should neglect our family and our responsibilities, but keep God in the first place. When we keep God in the first place, we will always be motivated to do his will.

4. Obedience to someone shows love, respect and how important such a person is to you. When we do this, we show we are very close to Jesus and that we truly love Him.

 

5. Finally, the message of today was directed to the crowd who came to listen to Jesus. Jesus knows already that the crowd is with Him but by using a family affair, Jesus is trying to tell the crowd how to move from just being a member of the crowd to be a core member of His family. It is like moving from just being a churchgoer to a more personal and intimate relationship with the Lord. This happens only when we use the word of God as our guiding steps.

 

May God bless you dearest and forgive us for our sins. May He continually guide us to always keep to His word. amen

Fr Sanctus Mario

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79 Comments
  1. Margaret Awum says

    Amen πŸ™

    1. Euphemia Onyebuchi says

      Amen, I pray that the Lord will draw me closer to him

  2. ozoekwem Ifunanya says

    God help me to be more closer to you in Jesus name. Amen

  3. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen πŸ™πŸ™.

  4. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Amen, thanks Padre. May God help me to keep His word daily.

  5. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    Amen. Lord, I desire to be intimate with you.

  6. Chukwuagozie Precious says

    Amen. I pray for more close relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

    1. Chiagoziem Cindy Okpalaji says

      Amen

  8. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  9. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  10. Obinna says

    Amen
    Thank you Fr.

    1. Doris Ugochukwu says

      Amen… Help me O Lord to be more closer to you πŸ™

  11. Modupeore Coker says

    Thank you Father for all what you doing. God bless and enrich you always

    1. Danny Hansel says

      Amen…

      1. Onah Lilian says

        Amen! God bless you too

    2. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre God bless you πŸ™

  12. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    AmenπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  13. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen! St. Michael the Archangel – Pray for us

    1. John says

      Amen πŸ‘πŸ‘

      1. Julie says

        Amen

    2. Ugwuoke Ogechukwu Victoria says

      Amen. God bless you Father

  14. Lilian Onyekwere says

    AMEN. I love today’s breakfast with the word. It went straight to the point and is not too long with too much repetition that makes it tiring and makes one feel he is doing a ‘merry-go-round’, reading and repeating the same point over and over again. Thank you Fr. Good morning and God bless your day!

    1. Rachael Mbogu says

      Thank God for He love us and always reveal what he wants from us. May He help us to be hearers and doers of His word, for in doing so we will be in closer relationship with Him.

    2. Adaobi Emelumba says

      Amen. Heavenly Father,pls draw me closer to you and make me obey your words.

  15. Abugu Emmanuel Odinaka says

    Amen

    God bless You Padre

    1. Onuoha Adeline Chidimma says

      Amen and Amen. God i need your grace in my life.
      Today’s breakfast with the word is lit, just straight to point. Thanks Fr

  16. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    AMEN THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR HEART WARMING WORDS πŸ™

  17. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus!

  18. Onwuka Mary Ijeoma says

    AMEN AMEN &AMEN. In addition to number 1 point, Jesus uses the opportunity to proclaim to the public, that His mother and brothers keeps the Word of God.

  19. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen!πŸ™

  20. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen

  21. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  22. Chikeluba Amarachukwu says

    Amen

  23. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  24. Ngozi says

    So help me God, Amen

  25. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen

  26. Esimekara Nnenna says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for your word today.

    1. Julie says

      Amen

  27. Akomaye Nancy says

    Amen. Please Lord ,help me to be doers of the word and let you Lord, be first in all that I do in Jesus Christ name Amen.

  28. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

    1. Ijarakwe Augustine says

      Amen, may God bless you Fr.

  29. Christiana says

    Amen πŸ™

  30. Eze scholastica says

    Amen.may the good lord always bless and keep you in Jesus name amen.

    1. MaryJane Okanume says

      Amen. I need your help God

    2. Odoh chisom Deborah says

      Amen. Thanks fr for this

  31. Udenze chisom Julia says

    Amen.
    Lord give me the grace.

  32. Chika says

    Thank you JESUS!

  33. Beatrice Solomon says

    Amen.

  34. Donfack Laura says

    Amen. Lord I’m grateful for your word today.

  35. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen.
    Thanks a lot Padre.

  36. Ojiogbu Chekwube says

    Amen

  37. Augusta Abu says

    Amen. May I continue to grow in my relationship with God, by hearing and obeying His word daily

  38. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen

  39. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Heavenly Father, always guide me in keeping to your words,since obedience to your words ,qualifies me to be your child AmenπŸ™

  40. Ezeokonkwo Njideka Stellamarris says

    God is ever faithful and ready to draw us closer to him through his words Amen God help me to always be close to you at all time Amen πŸ™

  41. EZENWA JACINTA says

    Amen…
    This is concise and understandable…
    May God help us to keep His words, Amen.
    God bless you fr.

  42. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    Amen.

  43. ODUNZE FRANCESS says

    Amen May the Lord grant us the fortitude and strength and His wisdom to put God first in all we do Amen. Please I read my Breakfast always but I forget to comment below,. Am not aware of that please God forgive me. Am not aware that we have to comment each time we acknowledge it. Thanks from Francess Ogechi 78 Group 4.

  44. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen

  45. Nwoye Ngozi says

    Amen πŸ™

  46. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen

  47. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen

  48. IKECHI EMMANUEL ONYEMA says

    AMEN πŸ™
    Remain Blessed padre 🌹

  49. Odoh chisom Deborah says

    Amen. Thanks fr for this

  50. NKECHI OKAFOR says

    Good evening Fr. Today’s breakfast with the word is more like it. It has enabled me to pick a point from what I read. Thank you Fr.

  51. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank You Lord for everything πŸ™

  52. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  53. Cornelia Anyiam says

    Amen.

  54. Nkoli Nora Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn

  55. Ejiro Ovwigho says

    Amen. thanks be to God.

  56. Njideka Aniagolu says

    May we always be a true example of those who stay true to your words Lord, in action and character through Christ our Lord, Amen!

    Thanks for this inspiring reflection padre,
    May continue to bless you in His vineyards, Amen.

  57. Ekwueme Amarachi Judith says

    Amen God bless you too Padre

  58. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  59. OGUEJIOFOR CYNTHIA says

    Amen

  60. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen

  61. Asibe Mary says

    Amen

  62. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  63. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen.Thanks and God bless you Father.

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