Gospel: Mt 12:46-50
While Jesus was talking to the people, his mother and his brothers wanted to speak to him, and they waited outside. So someone said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside; they want to speak with you.” Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother While not denying his biological ties with Mary, Jesus establishes a new family, not united by blood or even ethnicity, but rather by fidelity to the will of the Father. This new family of Jesus, the Church, is composed of those who appropriate and bear witness to his Gospel. We need to reflect whether being baptized Roman Catholics without necessarily living out the Christian Faith makes us members of Jesus’ family. We also need to reflect whether non- Christians who live out the Gospel values might also be considered members of Jesus’ family.
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