Christ’s Family

Luke 8: 19-21
Ezr 6:7-8.12.14-20/Ps 122

My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the Word of God and obey it.
(Luke 8:21)

Blessed are those who hear the Word
And act on it as Jesus said.
They shall not lack for God’s reward,
His heirs they shall become instead.

Jesus’ mother and some relatives came to see Him, but they could not get inside the house where He was preaching, because of the packed crowd inside. Someone then relayed the message to Jesus that “Your mother and relatives are standing outside and wish to see you.” Then Jesus answered, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and obey it.”

Reflection

At first it might seem strange that our Lord Jesus would disregard His own mother who had come all the way from Nazareth just to see how He was. However, it does not say in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus did not go out to meet her. Our Lord merely took the occasion to emphasize His deep affinity for those “who hear the Word of God” and manifest it in their lives.

Before His mother and relatives arrived, Jesus had been preaching about the Word of God in two short allegories: the parable of the sower, and the symbolism of a lamp. In the first story, our Lord was saying that even if only a few people receive the Word of God, “like a fertile soil”, they would bear fruit abundantly. In the second allegory, He was telling His audience that the Word of God must not be hidden like a covered lamp, but must shine forth for the benefit of all men. Otherwise, from those who do not make good use of the Word of God, even the little faith that they have will be taken away from them. Indeed, many of those who followed Jesus were not able to achieve discipleship because they did not persevere in searching for the meaning of His words. Most of them listened, many understood, but only a few of them obeyed. The key then is not only in hearing or reading God’s Word, but obeying Him. The entire chapter 8 of Luke’s Gospel is about hearing and responding appropriately to God’s message.

We do not become part of Jesus’ family because we deserve it. Even the most unlikely people become members of God’s family because they hear and respond to the will of the Father. They may not be worthy, but their willingness to follow the way of Jesus makes them God’s sons and daughters.

Lord God, we thank You for making us members of Your family in our community through our adopted brotherhood with Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in Whose Name we pray to You, our heavenly Father. Amen.

One Response to “Christ’s Family”

  1. joverjoy  on September 25th, 2007

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