The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.” But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”Mark 3:31-35 (Lectionary)
The Son of God, the very image and stamp of the Father, transcends all blood relations (Hebrews 1:3). Thus, Jesus’ mother and kin, along with the multitudes at Peter’s house, heard him declare that “whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” For Christ, who never left the Godhead, became the son of Mary and a kinsman of his clan to restore us to the Father.
“I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”John 20:17 (RSV)
A Universal Family
All who belong to Jesus do the will of the Father, who ordained his Son to be the “first-born among many brethren” (Romans 8:29, RSV). Yet we are called to be more than Christ’s siblings, but his “mother” too. As Paul expressed with groaning to his spiritual children, “I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19, RSV)
The Blessed Virgin Mary, first among the saints, leads the Church in bringing forth Christ as a universal mother.
Mother Mary, how shall we bear Christ too?
Sons and daughters, let Christ be formed in you.