Gospel of Luke 8:19-21 Reflection:
Today we have one of those short gospels in which Jesus says something direct and unambiguous: ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’
The setting for this statement is that the mother and brothers of Jesus have come looking for him. Perhaps they think that his preaching has gone too far in alienating the Pharisees and that they need to take him in hand. Most people don’t like to rock the boat too much.
Whatever the reason, they arrive and Jesus is told that they are outside waiting on him. Jesus does not treat his mother with disdain. Luke is using the story to bring out a very important point that the kingdom of God and the work that goes into building the kingdom comes before everything else.
The Christian message is that we should seek to do God’s will, obey his word and leave the rest to God himself. That is the sign and test of the person who follows Jesus and it is a constant struggle to resist the temptation to take control back to our self.
We begin to think that we know best and that we can tell others how to live. At this point we are generally beginning to usurp the word of God for our own ends.