Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“Then his mother and his brothers came.” Jesus is at home, but the family is not just coming to visit. They’re coming “to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind’” (Mk 3:21). Yikes! Family drama!
Jesus seems aware of the tension. He offers no VIP treatment, no TSA pre-check, that would let his family cut in front of the crowd. His words may seem cold: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” But they are also an invitation: “If you do the will of God, you can be my brother, my sister, or even my mother.”
We often hear about our dignity as children of God. Here, perhaps, is something even greater. Jesus invites us to be the brother, sister, or even mother of God. Imagine yourself in that role. What impact would that have on your thoughts, words, and actions this day?
Lord Jesus, you love us as you loved your own family, because we are your brothers and sisters. Help us to recognize the privileged role this affords us as co-laborers with you in building the kingdom. May we honor you in all that we do. Amen.
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