I was reading an article on family over at the Wrecked For The Ordinary website when I came across this quote again:

But back in Jesus’ age, just as in our own, family is one of the most significant barriers to potential risk-takers who would leave everything for the way of the cross. This might explain why Jesus has some hard things to say about our earthly ties… These earthly allegiances create a myopia that stands in the way of God’s vision and justice, which are larger than tribe, clan or nation.

[Shane Claiborne – The Irresistible Revolution]

Such a timely reminder.