Gospel – 6/28/20 – Matthew 10:37-42
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.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
“Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is a righteous man
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because the little one is a disciple—
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”
We need to be very careful reading the Gospels too literally.
This warning about taking our eye off the reward of living a good life isn’t about not loving our family but rather how much we love Jesus.
As a parent, I can’t imagine loving anything more than my children. But, Jesus says we must love him moré intensely. If our love of our children, or anything, takes us away from living a righteous life, we’re doing it wrong.
No one loves our children more than the Creator – not even us.
God comes first in all things. Ask Abraham.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…