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Blood is thicker than water

The number of Catholics in Africa and Asia has grown, along with the Catholic population worldwide, says the Vatican.
Family in Asia. (Photo: Creative Commons)
Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Jaz Aquino

July 12, Wednesday of the fourteenth week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 41:55–57; 42:5-7a; 17–24a; Gospel: Matthew 10:1–7

As human as we are, we all experience conflicts and misunderstandings in our families. The closer we are to somebody, the more it hurts when we experience betrayal and rejection from them. Nevertheless, blood is always thicker than water.

In the first reading, God led Joseph to comprehend the more profound significance of his past. He then realized that the journey he was forced to take was for a greater purpose: to save his family from famine. It was indeed a gateway for reconciliation among his brothers.

Jesus preferred to live a simple life. As an artisan, he chose his apostles from the commoners. He knew that with the simple background of him and his followers, they would definitely have many challenges, especially with their own people. Yet he gave the 12 the responsibility to go and proclaim God’s kingdom to the lost sheep of Israel. He didn’t allow his family to die of hunger for God’s healing love and compassion.

The family will always be family. We ask God’s grace to show us how to allow healing and reconciliation to reign in our families.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.