St. Apollinaris –
In the midst of Jesus addressing the people, some of his family members arrive and ask to speak with him. Jesus takes advantage of this opportunity and makes a very radical and shocking declaration. Gesturing to his disciples he says these are my sisters and brothers, this is my family. He redefines family as being based on doing the will of his Father in heaven. Do we comprehend all that this entails? Do we realize what it fully means to be able to share with Jesus in calling God our Father? That not only makes us brothers and sisters of Jesus but brothers and sisters to one another.