13th Sunday in Ordinary Time A20
What we hear in today’s Gospel comes at the end of a section in Matthew in which Jesus is preparing the 12 for their 1st missionary journey. He seems to be asking them, “Are you ready for this?” They are not going on an adventure or a sales trip. It would be different: they going out on their own to share what they believed was really good news. Were they convinced enough and dedicated enough to do that? Jesus is being frank with them, telling them that they would experience both welcome and rejection. Jesus is demanding them to make him 1st in their lives. Nothing, no relationship nor any desire, even life itself, can be more important than what they are about to do.