In both readings today, there is an issue of setting priorities. We all know the story of Abraham haggling with God to determine just how many good people must there be before God does not wipe out Sodom and Gomorrah. It abruptly stops at ten. But of interest is the thoughts of God before haggling and dealing begin. God is wondering to Himself if He should share His plans with Abraham to wipe out Sodom and Gomorrah because they are so evil and sinful. This points out that whether human or divine, truth must be the determining factor. Evil will be dealt with by God.
The truth in the gospel today is there are two potential disciples who want to follow Jesus. But it is not a wholehearted commitment. Rather, they are setting conditions for their discipleship. The truth is, God demands a total commitment of self, nothing less. Trusting in Jesus gives the disciple the freedom to answer the call. If we put our priority with Jesus, all the other details or factors will fall in place. It is a matter of setting priorities.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen