Knowing and loving God takes precedence over knowing and loving our relatives, simply because God is more important than they.
In order to promote unity among the tribes, David chooses one city, Jerusalem, as his capital. This marked the beginning of the peak point of the political history of God's people.
What was in the mind of the crowds? Did they see in Jesus a man of God, a prophet? Or were they just curious, wondering what was going on?
In today’s Church, bishops are seen as successors of the apostles. They too are official emissaries for Jesus.
Jesus wanted to be known for what He really was, not for what others wanted Him to be. He was the emissary of God, come to bring salvation.
Now that Jesus has treated the Pharisees with public disdain they want to get rid of Him once and for all.
Jesus says that what His followers are doing is acceptable because He Himself, the Son of Man and the Lord of the Sabbath, says so.
Jesus suggests that he Himself is the kingdom. He is what everybody has been waiting for. God's kingdom is already here.
All of us who share the Christian faith have been called by Christ. It's not because of our virtues, but because the Lord loves us and we need Him.
Jesus' action in today's Gospel passage elicits negative comments from the scribes. This was the beginning of the tensions that would lead Jesus to death.