“We Are All Family”

Matthew 12:46-50-. . . . .Here are my mother and brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jesus was simply expanding the concept of family–all of us are family. In his time, and for the most part as of now, we think of family as those who are our blood relatives–“family first”, hence people outside that circle are not seen.  My dad used to say “family first, then everyone else comes next.”  This putting people into groups has excluded the millions and the world.  Jesus is saying: we are all brothers and sisters and we should take care of each other as brothers and sisters. No exclusions–and if we viewed humanity in that way then we would meet the needs of all. Holidays are the most exclusionary time of all–people are left out, they are excluded if they do not have families.  I serve a meal to my family on holidays, and it is the family of the streets.  I spent yesterday with Marilyn, did outreach last night. Found out a boyhood friend had died, and am rather down, life is so damn short, bed at 1:00 a.m. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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