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Mark 3:31-35

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

Mark 3:31-35
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    • Jesus' mother and brothers did not always understand what he was about but in listening to him, wanting to be close to him, they show us what loving discipleship is.
    • Jesus is ready to count me among his family! Doing the will of God shows how I accept this invitation.
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    • The essence of being a Christian is to widen our relationships – of trust, affection, commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, mercy, helpfulness, encouragement, support, strength, protection – all the qualities that bind people together in mutual love and unity.
    • Loving God, thank you for the gift of my parents and their unsparing, self-giving love. Thank you for the holy mother of Jesus, who is my mother too. The old Irish saying is always fresh in my heart: ‘We are related to God on his mother’s side’.
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    • Is Jesus rejecting his own mother and family? Not at all, but he is reminding his disciples that there is a kinship that takes priority over blood relations. It is centred on a radical call to be like him. Relationship with him brings intimacy, like that of a mother, brother, or sister.
    • Lord, through my daily encounter with you in Sacred Space, may our relationship deepen. Lead me to do only your will.
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    • Jesus does not put limits on belonging, instead his embrace is prepared to take in all who do God’s will. I ask God to help me to broaden my horizons, not to let me be limited by a narrow scope of what is comfortable.
    • Jesus invites me to call God my father and he recognises me as one of his family. What more assurance do I need that Jesus walks with me?
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    • Jesus does not put limits on belonging, instead his embrace is prepared to take in all who do God’s will. I ask God to help me to broaden my horizons, not to let me be limited by a narrow scope of what is comfortable.
    • Jesus invites me to call God my father and he recognises me as one of his family. What more assurance do I need that Jesus walks with me?