The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”
Today’s gospel is a doozie, and a point of disagreement for people of different Christian faiths. It appears on the surface here that Jesus has brothers and sisters, (if the passage is taken literally.) However, the text was originally written in Hebrew. The Semitic usage of “brother/brethren” applied not only to children of the same parents, but also to cousins, nieces, nephews, half-brothers and half-sisters. In the Catholic Church, the footnotes in the bible explain that the term “brother/sister” meant extended family. The Church teaches that Mary was a virgin all her life. If you would like to know how that teaching came about, or know how to defend this teaching, there is a super page regarding this at Catholic Answers. Check it out!!