In today’s gospel, Jesus is told that his mother and other family members are outside asking for him.
Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”
You might be thinking … brothers? … sisters? Relax. In the first century, extended family members (such as cousins) were typically referred to as sisters and brothers. That said, Jesus still needed to address their desire to spend time with him. The easy thing to do would have been to drop everything and do what his mother asked. But Jesus realized that his time was limited and that he needed to do more than just attending to family. His mission was to show all of us the reality of God’s love, a love that revealed itself ultimately on the cross. Through that sacrifice, we were given the ultimate gift, inclusion into the family of Jesus.