God’s work

Mark 3:31-35
And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 
And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.” 
And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 
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.”

Homily:
To understand the above passage, you need to read the entire Mark chapter 3 for context.

A previous meditation – Keep going, can also offer insight.

The admonition that Jesus Christ gives, is not an undermining of familial commitments, but a reinforcement of what is most important – God’s work.

The usual hindrance to God’s work includes the familiar, the comfort zone and past commitments.

The work which God has given us must be so all-consuming, that it breaks us free from convenient limitations.

What is the work God has given to us?

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40

Your neighbour is who is presently around you, not who you wish was around you or who you wish they could turn into.

Your neighbour is your mother, father, brother and sister. It is God’s will that they are with you. Nurture them.