Thought for Sunday 2nd October 

Luke 14:26

“‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters…”

The scholar F.F.Bruce pointed out that here and elsewhere in the Bible, what is called “hate” is like a secondary form of love; a preference rather than literal hatred. Jesus is using a common Hebrew expression of preference. But it is also about making a hard choice and sticking to it.

Reflection: In the sermons in recent months, we have seen how persecution caused divisions in communities and families. And it is the same today: we are called to love our families, but not at the price of turning away from God. 

Eric Foggitt

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