Who are your friends? What kind of people do you pal around with? Are you edified by your friends? Do your friends lift you up emotionally or spiritually? Healthy friendships are the ones which we enjoy now and also enjoy in heaven. This is the fundamental message of Luke 8:19-21. Jesus reports that his closest relations are not those which stem from families ties or geographical proximity, but those who “hear the word of God and act on it.” Obviously, Our Lord’s Mother is the preeminent example of someone who heard the word of God and acted on it.
Together with our friends may we hear the word of God and act on it!