This is a series of lectures given by Mr. Edward Rabel, member of the faculty of S.M.R.S.
Winter semester 1976 - 2nd. Yr. Class. Part of Lecture 13 given on February 9, 1976
A very famous statement made by Jesus is found in this portion. "Who is my mother and my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said,'Behold, my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother." Of course, we can very easily see that what Jesus is stating here is simply the universality of the human family, that we are much more related to each other than we could ever realize and that it is not a matter of biological timing or family incarnation thing, that our real relationship to every other human being is comparable to what we would call my mother, my brother and my sister within the limits of the human family.
A lot of people now begin to wonder about, could he be implying that there are some human beings who aren't within the category of brother, mother and sister, because he seems to be singling out only a certain category of human beings the way it is stated here. Now, remember, I am only echoing the voices of some people in classes through out the years, these are not my own thoughts, they say, well, then only those who are doing the will of my Father are mother, brother and sister; and those who aren't doing the will of my Father, I don't count as my family. My point is, if He hadn't put that sentence,"and whosoever shall do the will of my Father," if He had just said,"behold, my mother, my brother and my sister," that would have been it and there would have been no questions. But notice that He didn't say, "and those who are not doing the will of my Father, are not my brother, mother and sister."
Text of the original transcript from the last paragraph of page 84 through the first paragraph of page 85.
Transcribed by Nita Strauss on September 25, 2013