“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” St. Augustine Explains
The following is an excerpt from a sermon given by Saint Augustine (which can be found in Sermo 25, 7-8: PL 46, 937-938). The verse he is referencing is Matthew 12:46-50.
Stretching out his hand over his disciples, the Lord Christ declared: Here are my mother and my brothers, anyone who does the will of my Father who sent me is my brother and my sister and my mother. I would urge you to ponder these words. Did the Virgin Mary, who believed by faith and conceived by faith, who was the chosen one from whom our Savior was born among men, who was created by Christ before Christ was created in herâ€”did she not do the will of the Father? Indeed the blessed Mary certainly did the Father’s will, and so it was for her a greater thing to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been his mother, and she was more blessed in her discipleship than in her motherhood. Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him whom she would obey as master.
Very insightful thoughts from that great Bishop and Doctor of the Church.