Family can be something else sometimes, can’t it? You love them sometimes. And if you’re honest, you
hate don’t love them as much sometimes. But the fact still remains that you are family. Love them or hate them, you are theirs and they are yours. In the verse above Jesus reorganizes our understanding of family. Here we have the same Mary who appears in the opening scene of the Gospels. The same Mary who walked all the way to Bethlehem while Jesus is still in utero. His brother James is standing nearby. The same James who would eventually become a Church father. Yet Jesus says my true family…are people who hear this Word I’m preaching and actually do it. There are no special privileges for mom and brother.
But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21)
Kinship with Jesus means that you respond to His message.
For Jesus there were no special privileges for those who shared a physical blood relationship with him. There was something that transcended having the same last name. Something that went beyond living under the same roof. He shared a relationship with people who heard…and responded.
So I ask: Are you kin to Jesus?