Today 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.