Our RV came with this picture frame. Instead of using it for loved ones in our immediate family, we’re going to use it for people that God sends our way in Seattle. We’re repurposing it to remind us why we’re here: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31
Hannah asked, “What happens when we run out of spaces in the frame?” Get a bigger frame? Tape pictures right to the wall?
Jesus made a radical statement about family. When he was preaching to a massive crowd, his mother and brothers showed up to see him. No VIP passes, they couldn’t get through. No one gave way, not even for Mary.
When word got to Jesus that his mother was waiting, he turned the concept of family upside down. He said, “’Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’”
Was Jesus snubbing his mother? No. Was he rejecting his half-brothers? No. Was he teaching that family takes a backseat to ministry? No. Was he just trying to recruit followers with the promise of a rich co-inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven? No. Then what?
Pointing to his disciples, Jesus invites us to be God’s love to others. Jesus invites us to be agents of his hope: “A church that is a mother and shepherdess… who washes, cleans, and raises up his neighbor. This is pure Gospel.”- Pope Francis
Please pray that we run out of wall space.
NRSV Scripture References
“While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’” Matthew 12:46-50
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Mark 12.30-44
Pope Francis quote found here: http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview