Exodus 14:21-15:1; Matthew 12:46-50
We have some similarities in the readings for this Tuesday.
In our First reading, Moses stretches out his hand in faith and the wind sweeps over the sea and the Nation of Israel, God's holy family, is rescued from destruction. They find safe passage and thus begin their journey to the promised land.
In the gospel, Jesus the perfecter of our Faith, stretches out his hand and introduces us to a new and deeper understand of family. Family is no longer a fruit of blood kinship but rather is dependent on obedience and doing the will of the Father. A new intimate closeness is realized in those simple words, "And stretching our his hands 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."
Obedience not blood not draws us close together as the family of God.
In two instances, hands are stretched out and transformation is effected, change is made real.
What happens when we stretch out our hands? What kind of new changes are introduced in to our world by the hands we have been given and the faith we profess?
Think about your hands today. Think about them being instruments. When you stretch them forth what are you hoping to achieve? Is it the will of the Father?