Why God comes before family (Ord26CWed)

young-family-looking-up-871294330098gttToday Jesus reminds us that he comes first even before our families.  ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’  This can sound harsh…but it’s not the only time Jesus says this: it is a common theme for him.  Part of the reason is because it saves us a lot of trouble and distraction: if my foundation is my family, my life will be continually in crisis, as fallen human beings will always fail us – but if it’s God, then whatever the family problem, I have a strong rock to rely on.  And partly because God gives us far more than our family ever could: our families cannot give us infinite good, and even any good they do have they’ve received from God anyway!  So let’s pray today for detachment: that God grant us the detachment we need from our families to love him first, and so be of better help to our families.  Amen.