Jesus would be the last person to break the Old Testament law of honoring ones parents. In Mark 3:31-35, Jesus is not relinquishing his responsibility to his family but wants to stress that in the family of God blood relations is not the boundary. Indeed whoever does the will of the Father is part of Jesus’ family.
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31-35 (New International Version – NIV)
What Jesus seeks to achieve in this text is to draw the attention of all to the truth that the security to be part of God’s family is based on deeds and not genetics.
This fact notwithstanding, Jesus still teaches us that our spiritual relationship with him is as important as our physical relationship with our family. The two are crucial so much so that we have to keep the balance right. We should have a good relationship with our family just as with Jesus. For those of us who have no immediate or physical families Jesus offers us a new family, the family of God.
Let us strive to be part of this family of God. I am trying hard to be a brother to Jesus, what about you?
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Prayer (Family of God)
Lord, once You created us we are a part of Your family. But as human as we are we fail to stay connected with You. Father, we come before You humbly pleading that You take as back and help us to refrain from worldly pleasures and stay connected to You. Amen