“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
I had a friend who used to say “if it’s not one thing it’s your mother.” Well, it may be trite comparing that quotation to the Gospel of Mark, but in this reading it is also spot-on. We find Jesus dealing with all types of complex relationships. One group who have reacted to his radical teachings, non-conforming ways and healing ability, has come to the conclusion that he is mentally unbalanced and possibly possessed by demons. We see those who call on his kinship, his mother and his brothers, to stop what he was doing and attend to them. The final group, and the one Jesus is focused on, is made up of those who are his followers. Jesus is very plain in his message to his followers. There will be those who hear his message and will never be able to understand it. To them his message will be a message of chaos because it is not the message that they want to hear. There will be those who claim kinship to Jesus, who claim to know him, even intimately, yet they will not understand his work or his message or even those things that are God’s will. Jesus’s teaching moment comes when he shares with his followers that the only true relationship we may have with him is one of obedience to God and to Jesus’s teachings.
It is not enough to have heard Jesus’s words or to claim a relationship with Jesus. It is only by truly following the teachings of Jesus to love one another and to love God, that we may claim Jesus as our own.