here are my mother and my brothers

Matthew 12: 48-50 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 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.”

As we've discussed all week, family can be messy. But family is how Jesus refers to his disciples (and to us!). This is a joyful thing! Just like biological families, church family is messy and painful. But Jesus says that we are HIS family, which means that we get to move through this messy, painful space with him. 

When you think about what it looks like to navigate family messiness, what changes when Jesus is suddenly there? How might remembering that Jesus is part of our family help us walk through messiness with that family?