The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told,
Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.
He said to them in reply,
My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.
The peace of the Lord be with you. Family has a lot of definitions and variety. As I grew up, close friends of my mom and dad were referred as aunt or uncle although they had no blood relationship to our family. In the Gospel today, Jesus broadens the definition of family beyond blood lines to those who follow the ways of God. If you think about this it makes a lot of sense as we have a common point of origin. Jesus makes the point that it is the desires of our heart that truly makes us daughters and sons of the most high. This is how we truly bear our family resemblance.
So today let us live out this legacy of love as we take up our daily work using our talents to make the world a better place in His name. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.