When Jesus was told that his mother and brothers were waiting outside to see him, he asked the crowd, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?”
Pointing to his disciples Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-49)
The definitions of a mother, brother and sister vary widely between cultures and country. Some include only their immediate family. Others extend it to their cousins and other relatives, even good friends.
Jesus made an additional point; we also have a worldwide family, those who do the will of God, and our responsibilities extend to them!
Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the needs of your people, especially those struggling to follow God’s will. Guide me in your ways to understand and help them in their strife.
Prayer: Daily Service
Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve our brothers and sisters throughout the world,
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them, through our hands,
this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love,
give them peace and joy.
Make us, Lord,
worthy to serve our brothers and sisters,
scattered all over the world,
who live and die alone and poor.
Give them today, using our hands, their daily bread.
And, using our love, give them peace and happiness. Amen.