Family is a word that carries deep meaning—connection, comfort, and commitment. In today’s Gospel, Jesus offers insight into the true essence of family, one that embraces a global community.

We find Jesus with a crowd around him. He is responding to accusations made by scribes, who declare he is possessed by a demon.

Jesus speaks to the people in the crowds in parables to debunk these claims.

“How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand,” Jesus says.

Later, the crowd tells Jesus that his family has called him. To this, Jesus asks, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” He continues, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

One can interpret this as an impactful moment in Jesus’ teachings. For Jesus, family is not defined by name or lineage. All those “seated in the circle” are his brothers and sisters.

We will conclude today’s reflection with an update about Isabel, an inspiring CMMB volunteer with expertise in water access and sanitation initiatives. She has made a selfless sacrifice to serve her global family and has arrived in Zambia. We are grateful for the impact she is making.

Visit Isabel’s fundraising page to follow along with videos and reflections throughout her journey as a CMMB volunteer.