13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Once again as Catholics we encounter the hard saying of Jesus: Whoever loves father or mother than me is not worthy of me.” I remember when I was a missionary and was talking with my parish priest. We ran into a fellow and in talking the priest mentioned that he hadn’t see him for awhile and the guy said, “I have been so busy lately that I just spend Sunday with my family. Family must be most important, right Father?” I found this to be an interesting question which many people would struggle to answer. The priest himself was caught off guard and simply didn’t address the question. But it is a good point to reflect on. Questions such as, “Can a mother or father miss Mass to look after their sick child?” The Church says yes because your vocation is how you live out your love of Christ. But is it right to miss Mass simply to be with your family? No, it is not, it happens to be serious matter for Confession. The order of our life is God first, spouse second, children third, family and friends after that. These sayings are hard, why would we follow them? Well, according to God, it is the reward that we are looking for. They say serving God doesn’t pay much but the retirement package is out of this world. But for us as Christians, it is not just about heaven, it is also about living now in freedom and joy.