Family. It's not always easy to define. Some say a family exists of one's blood relatives. But somehow that doesn't speak to the underlining notion that "family" is about oneness and unity and solidarity.
Jesus' response to his blood-relatives wanting to see him one day was, “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” (Matthew 12:48-50).
We believe in family. We believe in the bond and unity that comes when people share life and households and faith. We believe in the responsibility that comes with "family" and we desire to be family with one another. Moses' plea to the Israelites was that families would commit in all they do to love God. That is our plea too.
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).
Did you catch that? That's responsibility. That's family. Teach me to love God and let me do the same for you. Whether it be while driving or walking or lying down or eating a meal or just living life, let us learn to love God together; let us learn to do the will of God together.
We are family.