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Jesus’ Extended Family


After Jesus, at 30, left Mary in Nazareth and proceeded to start his public ministry, he selected apostles as his full-time companions. “He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons” (Mk 3:14-15). Hence, they were like family.

After his post-resurrection appearance to Mary of Magdala, Jesus addressed his disciples as brothers and referred to his Father as their Father, even as he instructed Mary, “Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (Jn 20:17).

On another occasion, Jesus said, “whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Mt 12:50). Thus, all the followers of Jesus belong to the household of Jesus through their membership in the Church. Jesus is the head of the Church. We also have to dedicate our lives to the ministry of Jesus in our homes, workplace, and community. We may face challenges, shameful experiences, or sufferings like those Jesus endured during our Christian witnessing. However, like Jesus, we have a crown of victory awaiting us in heaven.


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