July 19, 2016
“For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50)
Jesus made a commitment to His followers. He let them know that if they did as He instructed them, they would receive the gift of eternal life. It would not be an easy road and there would be crosses to bear, but for those who committed in return, what a beautiful gift.
In today’s Gospel, there is another gift put on the table. Jesus offered the gift of kinship. Whoever does God’s will, becomes part of the family – a member of the heavenly community.
This image of kinship with God was in sharp contrast to the aloof, angry, distant God of the Old Testament. Jesus was continuing to shake up the way people thought of God, heaven, and how to live their lives.
Do we desire kinship with God? Do we want to be the brothers, sisters, and mothers of Jesus? Is the way we live our lives worthy of such a gift?