Ugh. Today’s gospel passage from Luke invariably raises questions (mostly by our Protestant friends) about how Jesus could have had brothers and sisters (or were they cousins?) since the Blessed Virgin remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus.
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
Can’t we get past this? From its inception, the Church (led by Saint Peter, who, by the way, actually knew Jesus) has said that Mary was perpetually a virgin … and I believe it. Who else are we going to trust? Saint Joseph isn’t telling and Martin Luther and his friends were about 1500 years late in answering the question.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, please forgive our foolishness!