Words from the Heart for Sunday March 8th, 2020
And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Mark 3:34-35 (RSV)
Whoever Does the Will of God
The National War Memorial, also known as “The Response,” is a cenotaph symbolizing the sacrifice of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have served Canada in time of war in the cause of peace and freedom–past, present and future. The memorial is the site of the national Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11. In 1925, a worldwide competition was held to choose a design for a national commemorative war monument to be built in the capital of Canada. We will remember.
Family is important. We were not born to live a hermit’s life. Adam needed Eve, and since then, we have learned how important others are to our physical, spiritual and emotional well being. And the closest relationships are within a family. When Jesus was born, He was born into a human family. He has a mother and a human father, along with brothers and sisters. It was within this family that He experienced the fullness of His humanity. This makes His statement in Mark 3:34-35 very interesting: “And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Jesus was teaching one day when Mary and His human brothers arrived. Someone told him that they were there, and it was in light of that news that Jesus has a teaching moment. He came to build a new family – filled with brothers and sisters who have been born again into the forever family of God. As He was in His human family, Jesus is our eldest brother. How does knowing that you are in the family of God help you live your life today?
These have been words from the heart.