Gospel: Mark 9:42-50
Old Testament: Exodus 5:1-6:1
New Testament: 1 Cor 14:20-40
Psalms: ,121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 
This week’s Gospel reading reminds me of my relationship with my younger brother and helping him keep his faith. Since I have been away at school, I feel that we have been connecting much more while I’m home. Perhaps it is that he has reached an age where we have more in common, or that I have reached an age where I realize I need to be more caring and connected as a sibling. Maybe it’s simply that we were around each other too much while I was in high school and he was in middle school, and we did what all siblings will do: get on each others nerves.
Now, more than ever, as he enters high school, it is important for me to guide him in whatever ways I can. The most important of these may be to lead by example, which includes listening. Keeping the faith in the younger ones who look up to us will be for naught if we only speak of how to live – we must show them.
On one of my visits back home he said, “Can we talk whenever you have the chance?” It seems silly, but I was so happy to listen and to help in whatever little way I could. We, of course, talked about a girl, and that was a first between my brother and me. God willing, I hope we have many more talks in the future, and with God’s help, I hope to live my life well as an example, and perhaps help him to avoid any bumps in the road I have hit. I thank God for the opportunity to guide my brother.