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Read today’s Gospel. Matthew 10:37-42

‘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’

Today’s Gospel holds a profound message that challenges our conventional understanding of love and loyalty. At first glance, these words may seem harsh and divisive, but it is essentially a call for balance and perspective.

Rather than advocating for the abandonment of familial love, the statement emphasizes the need for a hierarchy of priorities. It reminds us that our devotion should be rooted in a deeper understanding of our purpose in the world and the values that guide us. When we love Jesus, we are aligning ourselves with his love and allowing it to flow through us to others.

It is not always easy to put Jesus first in our lives. There will be times when our families, our jobs, or our own desires will compete for our attention. But if we want to be truly worthy of Jesus, then we must make him the priority.

Jesus’ words are radical, but they are also liberating and they allow us to focus on what is truly important. Ultimately, this statement serves as a reminder that love, in its purest form, should align with our highest ideals and principles.