There is quite the contrast in today’s Gospel. On one hand, Our Lord tells us that even our closest family relations have to be less important to us than our relationship to Himself. On the other, Jesus tells us that even the smallest act of kindness to one of His followers will merit a great reward. Love resolves the contrast. If we love Jesus first, then all of our other actions are taken up into that love. Put another way, we will love our family better and do good deeds for the kingdom.