Human Resource Dept.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Do you ever ponder what it means when another believer in Jesus calls you a "brother or sister"? Does it seem relevant to you that another follower of Jesus would refer to you as a sibling? Have you given it much prayerful consideration?

Jesus was inside the house . A large crowd had gathered that was full of questions and giving him a lot of attention. In that crowd was Jesus' mom and blood brothers and sisters.  One member of the crowd said, "Hey your family is out here, your Mom and siblings."

Jesus responded by saying, "Who are my mother and my siblings?"  Then Jesus looked at the entire crowd and said, "Here are my mother and my sisters and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my family." (Mark 10:31-35)

So does this shatter the nuclear family?  If I am at peace and happy with who lives under my roof, do I have it all wrong?  NO!  Jesus is not questioning the nuclear family, but he is giving it more resources.  Jesus is extending to all people the entire "Human Resource Department of God."

We are each a relative of one another in Christ Jesus.  The good news is we have companions for the journey to share our grief, sorrows and our joys.  No one is alone, we are bonded in Christ Jesus our Lord.

"Our marriages and families are in great difficulty today. The church offers us a new approach to family, a different way of being in our marriages and families. In baptism, we are brought into a larger "family" than we would of known if we had been left to our own devices."  William Willimon, Methodist Bishop of Alabama.

When the church is the church at its best, we hold this text central to our community formation.  May we each prayerfully ponder such matters in our hearts.  Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Samoa and American Samoa affected by the devastating tsunami today.

See you on Sunday!

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Julie Weldon wrote:
Thank-you brother!

Wed, September 30, 2009 @ 1:27 PM

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