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Whoever does the will of God. Jesus is not rejecting his family. He is not denying who his mother is and who his relatives are. What he is doing is not limiting his family to blood relationship. Belonging to God’s family comes with hearing God’s word and living God’s will. In fact, this is what Jesus’ mother Mary is to an eminent degree, especially as Luke describes her fiat to God’s will and her keeping all things as they happen and reflecting on them in her heart (Lk 1:38; 2:19, 51)
If we make God’s will our will and God’s ways our ways, we are brothers and sisters to Jesus. If we live God’s word, we establish a new and deeper bond with Jesus, a kinship or family relationship with him. This is an effective way to belong to Jesus.
What is God’s will for me and for my family?
How do I fulfill it? What are the things or persons that hinder me from doing God’s will?
He is out of his mind. Why do the relatives of Jesus question his sanity? Jesus has left the comfort and security of his family and home, abandoned his profession as a carpenter, and embraced the life of an itinerant preacher. Jesus has given up everything to be with people.
Jesus is also preaching against the Pharisees and the powers that be. Jesus decries the hypocrisy of the scribes and the Pharisees. He denounces evil and corrects the wrong.
At the same time, Jesus associates with people whom Jewish society rejects. He is patient and merciful with sinners. He has compassion on those who are suffering.
We all belong to Jesus’ family. His preoccupation is our salvation. His life is completely for us. If he seems out of his mind, it is only for great love of us.
Are we willing to give up comfort and career, power and position, to follow Jesus?
While we will walk the path to eternal life, for some people we will appear insane.