What is a family? Is it merely a collection of individuals who are related by birth or adoption? Or is a family something more than genetics?
While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Jesus teaches us that our family can and should be those who share in faith in him. We know that we belong to the spiritual family of Christ when we voluntarily do his will. This family is the one that will always comfort us in sorrow, share in joy, and join in the work of the kingdom.