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.”
It’s easy to hear today’s passage from Mark and be a bit put off by the directness of Jesus’ language.
Instead of thinking of what the Lord is saying as primarily exclusionary, perhaps another angle from which to look is its expansive nature. In the coming Kingdom, family relationships aren’t based upon blood, but rather the Spirit which testifies to each’s relationship with Christ.
What a family!
(Just don’t call me junior!)