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maryjesusToday Luke’s gospel snippet (8:19-21) sounds as harsh as it is brief, but Scripture scholars interpret it differently. It’s the scene that takes place when Jesus is preaching to a large crowd and someone tells him that his mother and brothers are outside wanting to see him. In reply he says, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

My guess is that if it happened this way, Mary wouldn’t be at all offended by this remark because she understood her place in the mission and life of Jesus and what he was trying to teach about universal and unconditional love. For Mary, ego held no place in their relationship; her “yes” to God early on was lived out each day and she taught Jesus to be that kind of person too.