Can you imagine how Jesus' mother and brothers felt when they either heard him say, or heard about what he said about them? Jesus says today, when told his family is at the door, that they had been replaced by his disciples: those who do the will of God. Did they take it personally? Did they go away hurt? Did they take it as hyperbole meant to prove a point about what can happen in this Kingdom Jesus is proclaiming? Perhaps a bit of all of those and more?
As the Body of Christ in the world today, we are creating a new family: new sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers. Sometimes that means leaving people behind, sometimes it does not. The love Jesus has for his disciples and those that follow him (like us) is like unto the love a mother has for a child, a father has for a child, the love between siblings. We are a new family when we are part of this Body of Christ. There is a poignancy in this news that gives us so much to think about.
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