“Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, ” Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

Jesus replied, ” Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3: 31-35.

Reading this yesterday, I was suddenly struck by the thought: “is this how I treat Jesus, the God of the universe, expecting him to come outside and meet me where I demand he does, rather than humble myself and go to him….”

I realised that though Mary knew who He was, she still treated him like her son who rightly and in the eyes of the world had to come at her beck and call, forgetting he was now answerable to a much higher authority than hers, and stepping to the tune of a different drummer for the rest of His earthly life. 

Because of His close communion with His heavenly Father, Jesus knew He had to seem rude and arrogant towards his mother and family. If he gave in to their demands and met them as they demanded (his family thought him mad and wanted to take charge of him), He would be entangled and not free to follow His Father’s call on his life. His answer pointed them and everyone else to this truth. It may have been harsh but it was necessary.

Sometimes, the call on our lives will demand we make similar choices.  Who will we please? God or man? 

It all depends on whose love and approval  we seek and if we are secure and certain in our identity as children of God, and our call to follow him. It doesn’t absolve us of familial responsibilities, but it does mean we know at crucial times whom we choose to please and follow.