That is the challenge Jesus brings: to view community and kinship in ways that turn long-standing traditions of relationship upside down. It is the challenge to experience community and kinship with those unrelated by blood, with those unrelated by commonalities of political persuasion or gender attractions or economic status. It is the challenge to affirm that community in Christ is founded solely on the grace of our being named by Jesus as brother and sister and mother, and our ensuing call to do the will of God as done by Jesus.
—John Indermark, Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study (Upper Room Books, 2008)
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And looking at those who sat around 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 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, challenge me today to see the world as you see it. Challenge me to seek your way and to not settle for what might be the norm.
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