A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
St. John 13:34-35
“With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science”.
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health, pp. 469–470)
‘Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?’
A Christian Science perspective.
By Colleen Douglass
Once, while he was addressing a large group of people, Jesus learned that his mother and brothers waited outside to speak to him. When told about it, he “pointed to his disciples and said, ‘These are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!’ ” (see Matt. 12:46–50, New Living Translation).
His comments surely meant no disrespect, but they illustrated that his expansive view of family went beyond the limits of flesh and blood. This derived from perceiving God as his real Parent and led him to understand the spiritual nature of kinship that’s based on one’s relation to God and His children.
Continually rethinking the concept of family, extending it beyond previously held, limited, flesh-and-blood notions, can be greatly enriching for us as well, if it begins with “Our Father-Mother God.” These words illumine the entire body of Christian literature, because they show that each of us is related to this one Parent, as divine Mind’s spiritual idea. Through that spiritual relationship with divinity, we are also united with one another in harmony and peace. And that’s true for EVERY individual who walks this earth.
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