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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
It is tempting, as a mother, to be a little insulted by Jesus’ actions in today’s gospel. The relationship between mother and child is a special one and on first glance, Jesus seems to demean it by equating to the relationship he has with his followers. In actuality, the opposite is true. It is Jesus’ intent to elevate the relationship that everyone else has with him. We are to as close to Jesus as his own family.
How close am I to Jesus? To I speak with him every day, good or bad? Or do I only call upon him when I am in need? Am I labor intensive for him without asking for reward, like I would for my brother or mother? Am I in communion with Christ everyday, or do I wait until Sunday to talk with him?
Christ has so kindly extended his friendship to each of us. He has made us his family, and he loves us like his own brothers, sisters, parents. How have we returned that love to the other members of our Christian family? To the members of our human family? Let’s spend today looking at each person we communicate with as if we were dealing with a member of our family. Let’s be kind, patient, and loving to God’s family, Christ’s sisters and brothers.
-Linda Pfenning is a Communications Teacher in the Integrated Arts and Technology Department at Creighton Prep.
Lord Jesus, who has made us living members of your body, keep us deeply united to yourself. Help us overcome our conflicts, our divisions, and our self-seeking; and let us remember that unity is always better than conflict. Help us to be united to one another by one force, by the power of love which the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts. Amen.
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