Today’s Gospel is rather interesting because it seems that Jesus is telling us to forget our families and all we have. Just the contrary is true. He is reminding us that while our families are important, for without them we have no meaning, they are not to distract us from our relationship with God and all he calls us to be and to as followers of the Lord. For Jesus, his relationship was primary in his life, and this relationship was reflected in everything he said and did. This relationship with the Father motivated him to help bring the Kingdom of God closer to the people he met.
Our relationship with God should also motivate us to live faithfully to the call of the Lord. But it should also help make us better members of our families, recognizing the importance of each person as a gift from God. This will then carry over into all our relationships and all the activities in which we are involved. For Jesus, proclaiming the Kingdom was important, and he tried to impress that upon his apostles. It is now our responsibility to do the same. But that is difficult to do if we are distracted by all we have or all we have to do. Sometimes, we fail to recognize the fact that whatever we do helps to promote the Kingdom of God and to bring Jesus a little closer to the lives of the people we meet each day.
REMINDER: As school is now open, please be attentive to children walking to and from school. Sometimes, if there is no crossing guard, they don’t pay attention to the traffic lights or the traffic. Since they may not pay attention, we have to! They need to enjoy the school year, and we can help them by watching out for their safety.
HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!