THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - Chapter 12 - Verse 48
Verse 48. Who is my mother? etc. There was no want of affection or
respect in Jesus towards his mother, as is proved by his whole life.
See especially Lu 2:51; Joh 19:25-27. This question was
asked merely to fix the attention of the hearers, and to prepare them
for the answer; that is, to show them who sustained towards him the
nearest and most tender relation. To do this he pointed to his
disciples: Dear and tender as were the ties which bound him to his
mother and brethren, yet those which bound him to his disciples were
more tender and sacred. How great was his love for his disciples, when
it was more than even that for his mother! And what a bright
illustration of his own doctrine, that we ought to forsake father, and
mother, and friends, and-houses, and lands, to be his followers.