Second Sunday after Pentecost
A new family
The religious experts thought Jesus was possessed. His family thought he was crazy. His simple acts of healing and his astounding message of hope had earned for Jesus the reputation of being a radical, and in those days radical was a dangerous thing to be. His mom and his brothers probably thought they had his best interests at heart when they came to the house where he was preaching, intending to convince him to go home with them. They wanted to save him (and probably themselves) from the embarrassment of undue notoriety.
Jesus came with a vision that challenged the way the world operates, and offered a way that is infinitely better. Often, when Jesus’ way challenges our modern perception of the world, we are like Jesus’ mother and brothers. We don’t get it. Even though we love Jesus, we’d rather not think about anything that upsets our worldview.
The decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ is one that cannot be taken lightly. It means that we must measure every thought and action by God’s standards, instead of by the standards of the world. But the good news is that when we get what Jesus is saying, and try to live according to God’s vision for the world, Jesus adopts us as brothers and sisters—members of God’s family.
Willie Israel, pastor, Rolling Hills Moravian Church, Longwood, Florida