Tuesday 26 January 2021

A family matter


“The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’”

Mark 3:31-35


“It’s a good job you can choose your friends because you can’t choose your family.” So the saying goes – well quoted by those frustrated by family issues! Of course, we have no say who’re we’re born to or who ends up as our relatives. Yet ‘family’ remains important, and there is a particular pain felt when families fall apart, or when individuals feel or get rejected by those they have known as family or kin. As Jesus’ own family try to get near him, squeezing through the crowds of people who demand his time and attention, he widens his own grip of what family means. Anyone who does the will of God is his family, he says. For him, sharing his family life means living as God wants. With Christ we are never alone. He is both our friend and our brother. And with him, because of him, we too can call God ‘Father’ and be involved in that intimate holiness that transcends and fills all of our relationships.


Lord Jesus Christ, you are our friend and brother and Saviour. Draw us, we pray, deeper and deeper still into your intimate love with the Father, for you are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

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