Monday, June 11, 2018
Family of Jesus
I wish I could also send you the sweet smell.
The crowd told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you."(Mark 3:31-35.) A very frequently asked question is "Who are these relatives that we hear nothing about in the rest of the Gospel?" Throughout church history three solutions have evolved: (1) they were the children of Mary and Joseph, born after Jesus; (2)they were children of Joseph by an earlier marriage; (3) they were cousins of Jesus. The Catholic commentary that I most often use says that we can believe any of these.
Jesus, concerned about something else entirely, answered, "Whoever does the will of my Father is my mother and sister and brother." Obeying the Father makes us family.