Your Other Family

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 3:31-35

Informed that his mother and brothers are outside, wanting to see him, Jesus rudely interrupts, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Jesus gestures to the crowd gathered around him and says, “Here are my mother and my brothers.” Jesus seemingly disowns his family and claims a new one.

But why are Jesus’ mother and brothers outside asking to speak to him, instead of inside wanting to listen? Don’t they believe in him? In John’s Gospel there is that chilling statement, “Even his brothers did not believe in him” (7:5). No wonder Jesus felt disowned—and disowning—toward his biological family. And no wonder he felt a family connection with the crowds. The crowds believed in him. His townspeople did not.

Everyone needs someone to believe in them. When we do not get this from our family, we begin to look elsewhere. We’ll go to a pastor, a prayer group, a counselor or friend, and say: “This is my mother and these are my brothers. These are the people who give me what I need. They encourage me. They believe in me.”

Discussion: Who do you know who needs someone to believe in him or her? Can you be like a family member to that person?

PRAYER

Join hands and pray the Lord’s Prayer together. Amen.