Who Is My Mother?

Pastor Todd writes a weekly article for the Tuttle Times. Here is his piece for Mother’s Day.

A young mother recently posted on Facebook that there is nothing sweeter than hearing an older child reading to their younger sibling. P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? was published in 1960 by Random House. (Wikipedia) I remember reading Eastman’s book.

The young hatchling at the center of Eastman’s story looks high and low for his mother. Not only would young readers find simple sentences, they would also learn the skill of comparison. A bird does not look like a car.

Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day. It is interesting that the story of Jesus contains an incident where Jesus’ mother comes calling. Upon hearing that Mary and his brothers were waiting outside Jesus asks, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Hardly a question one expects from the Son of God. If anyone should know who his mother is it should be Jesus.

Jesus’ questions rarely call for the obvious answer unless that answer exposes a critic. Here Jesus appears to be calling attention to comparison. In a simple question, Jesus rhetorically asks the stunned crowd for the identity of his mother who happens to be standing outside. Then he says, Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:49-50, NIV)

Simple sentence. Pointed comparison. It is as if Jesus is asserting that when you look for family identity it is not in the family name or looks – as in she looks like her mother. Instead, when we look for indicators that a person is in relationship with Jesus the evidence in in the life lived, “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven.”

Over the years people draw comparisons between what they experience in us and what they know of our mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. For Jesus’ followers our hope is that they do not need to ask us who is our mother. We want our ways to give evidence that indeed we are doing the will of Jesus’ Father.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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