On this Sunday of All Saints in our Orthodox calendar, we are confronted by the stark beauty of the “friends of God” and how they loved God first in their lives. All other priorities are AFTER my love for God. Jesus, Himself, says a disturbing truth when He declares that I must love Him more than my mother, and if I don’t love Him more than my mother I cannot be His disciple. How can we ever hope to actually do this? It all flows from loving properly!