Today's reading is a series of stories about the order of things, probably as a metaphor for the nature of heaven. Even though a crowd follows after Jesus seeking miracles, Jesus leaves the crowd behind. Instead, he appoints twelve disciples who will become not only his followers, but in their faithfulness, his family. Because whether it is an individual, a family, or a kingdom, division is destructive and will cause it to fail. For the kingdom of God to never fail, it will have to be unified and undivided -- everyone there will need to become people whom Jesus recognizes as brothers and sisters.