When we choose to follow Jesus, everything else is less important. Jesus explains this at the end of today’s reading in Matthew 12:48-50 when someone tells Him that His mother and brothers are there to see him, 48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who is my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” While the people in our lives, including family and friends, are important, the work of the kingdom of God is what is really important. For this reason it is important to surround ourselves with people who share our beliefs and a burden for serving God to further the work of His kingdom.