Jesus was in the midst of a heated discussion with the religious
scholars and Pharisees who were trying to set Jesus up to perform a miracle
as proof of who he was. As he was teaching, his brothers and mother
showed up outside and were trying to get a message to him. Perhaps
they were worried about his well-being and were trying to draw him away from
the intensity of the discussion. Jesus used this interruption as a
teachable moment to focus on what was truly important---the relationship
between himself and his followers. He stretched his hands toward the
disciples and identified them as his family because of their obedience and
connection to him.
The reality is that many human families are imperfect and we
only experience a glimpse of what our spiritual family can be. When
Jesus identified his disciples as his family because of their affiliation
with him, he has also extended that invitation to us---to become part of
a spiritual family that extends and perfects what we know in our human relationships.
When we become disciples through our response to Jesus, we become a part
of his family and experience all those gifts that a family is meant to provide.
It just can’t get much better than that!
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