Who are Jesus’s relatives? by Hilary of Poitiers

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“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? . Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is brother, and sister, and mother to me.”

(Matthew 12:48-50).

St. Hilary offers another perspective on why did Jesus said “who is my mother”

In this way he presents himself as the model for all, both for how to act and how to think. Thus, he claimed for himself the right and title to any relatives, to be understood not in reference to condition of birth, but in terms of remaining in communion with the Church.

In any case, since Jesus gave his Mother a great proof of his affection for her at the moment of his Passion, we cannot think that he had feelings of disgust toward her.”

Hilary of Poitiers , In Matthaeum 12, 24; PL 9, 993.

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Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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