But as far as the Bible goes, again, there is room at the family table, in the family tree, for ambiguity, and for choice. Ruth chose Naomi, hitching a ride on her skirts to the Promised Land and into the genealogy of Jesus (see the book of Ruth; Matt. 1:5). Joseph chose to marry Mary instead of dismissing her quietly, as everyone in his family, from his mother to his maiden aunt, not to mention his bawdy uncle, must have advised him to do (see Matt. 1:18-21). For all that, when they came knocking at his door, Jesus made his own choice: “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!” (Matt. 12:48-49)
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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“Whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, sister, and mother.”
—Matthew 12:50 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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