“And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” vss. 34-35
We get mixed messages from scripture about Jesus’ relationship with his family. John and Luke indicate that by the end of his life Mary and his brother, James, were on board with his mission, but Mark tells us there was a disconnect early on. Evidently Jesus felt opposition from them and made his followers his surrogate family. Some of us know what that feels like. It’s not unusual for there to be tension in our relationships with parents and siblings…and sometimes there can even be estrangement. At the very least most of us live at a distance from our family of origin and can easily drift away emotionally. When that happens it’s such a blessing to have connections within our faith community. Often it’s here that we can get the love and support that we need for everyday living. These are the brothers and sisters in Christ who will pray for us regularly and lift us up when times get tough. We crave our weekly reunions and look forward to checking in…even when pastors drone on we can count on friends who can lift us with a smile and a hug. That’s why large congregations are eager to develop vibrant small group ministries. Exciting corporate worship is important but the small group connections are vital. It’s here that we find our family!
Thought for the Day: Where do I find family?