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Jesus' Family

Mark 3.20-21, 31-35
Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Perhaps Joseph is deceased, and the brothers mentioned are children of Mary and Joseph. It appears that Jesus’ biological family did not really understand his mission or believe in him at this point. They were concerned for his welfare.

Jesus makes it clear that anyone who believes in him and does God’s will is part of his family. In the church we should treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We should also help others know the hope that we have in Jesus. That is why we refer to the church as the family of God. You are a child of the King! How does your place in God’s family help you face the struggles of today?

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