Follow in my footsteps

13th Sunday In Ordinary Time: MT 10:37-42

The Bible Society’s Lectio Divina is unavailable for this Sunday. We reproduce this meditation with the kind permission of Magnificat:

Jesus instructed the twelve as follows: “Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me” (10:37).

St Thomas Aquinas finds the basis for this challenging teaching in human experience itself: “Sons are naturally subject to their father so that they naturally honour the father so much so that they are more angered over an injury done to the father than over an injury to themselves. And they desire glory for the father more than for themselves.

What a son receives from a father, he receives more abundantly from God, for he himself teaches us, he feeds us, he keeps us safe for ever. Therefore, God should always be loved more. Because nothing can fill one’s whole desire but God.” St Augustine: “Let us answer our mother and our father, “I will love you in Christ, not instead of Christ. You will be with me in him, but I will not be with you without him.’  ” Catechism of the Catholic Church 2232: “Family ties are important but not absolute.” Not worthy: see Mt 22:8; 25:26.

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