Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2020
Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37-38
What does the Lord mean when he is telling this to us? Does the Lord rather us to hate our family and only love Him? Are we suppose to completely deny them and cut them off and turn them away? No. The complete opposite in fact. How can we hate anyone of God’s children? You cannot do this and claim to be a follower of God.
So what does it mean? It is God’s will that we all love him and obey his commands and live a life according to those commands. The Lord has told us to love one another as he has loved us. The Lord does not contradict himself when he says to love another and then says none of us are worthy of him if we don’t love him more than our family. No. What the Lord means is, if we allow our family or friends to distract us from him then we are not loving him. Let’s say your getting ready for mass but your brother calls and say hey I got those tickets to the game, let’s go. If you go, you are loving your brother more than God. How? By pleasing your brothers wishes in going to the game rather than Mass. But there’s always next week is there not? Tomorrow is not promised.
John 21:15 – When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
My friends, if we gonna be about God and Gods commands. We have to be all about God. Walk the walk. Talk the talk. There is no grey area for us to please our family and friends who would rather do another things then go to Mass. We cannot say, God knows I love him, he won’t mind. If we love God, then we go to Mass and we take our family and friends with us.
As we prepare for another week, I invite you look at those things that try to distract you. It does not always have to be family, it can be yourself. How can you strengthen your desire to love God above all else? If we love our family and friends, imagine how much more we can love them if God is our first love.
Lord, I give to You my whole mind, heart, soul and strength. Help me to love You above all things and in all things and, from that love, help me to love those whom You have put in my life. Amen.
Bishop Jordan Morgan, SMMC.