I always thought that the order of priorities for our lives go as follows:
- Family (Spouse + family)
- Friends/ social activities (church community functions, social groups)
Is this correct? I need help understanding my cousin who seems to put his church activities above his family. He serves at church and has allowed the clergy and other parishioners to see that he is always available to them to the point that he does not want to let them down. He was at a dinner with family but left early to go to a church group meeting because he said that they relied on him to start all the electronics for the group. He has been constantly putting the church first for the past years of his life.
I told him that he should spend more time with his family especially since they are not practicing Catholics. Also, his parents are getting older, and none of them are attending mass regularly and I want to help him bring his family closer to the faith. But it just seems to me that he would rather be close to the church and its parishioners than his own blood. He did mention that they had put him down in the past for being so active at church. But I told him we can’t be affected by their opinions but to love them anyway and bring Christ to them.
For my own understanding, doesn’t God want us to be an example to our families by encouraging them to know and love Him? Isn’t our family more of an obligation than the church community? What is the true model of priorities in God’s eyes? Any scripture or reading to supplement your answer would greatly be appreciated.