Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reflection: Mark 10:28-31

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 10:28-31

Today Peter responds to Jesus’ statement to the young man in yesterday’s Gospel. Peter reminds Jesus: “We have given up everything to follow you.” Jesus tells Peter that anyone who gives up family, home, job, or land for his sake will receive a reward so great that this individual will receive a hundred times more than he or she gave up.  That could be quite a reward depending on what you have given up.

Again Jesus reminds his disciples that he desires their all.  He doesn’t want lukewarm or casual disciples.  Jesus longs for wholehearted love and deep commitment from his followers.  If we are deeply committed to Jesus, and if we give our all for Him, we will receive a hundred times more than we have given. What a wondrous promise!

It is not always easy to give our all to Jesus. There are so many distractions and attractions in today’s world.  We can easily wander off from Jesus, but we also long to belong wholeheartedly to Jesus.  What will we choose?  No one can choose for us.  Only we can make this decision.  It is a decision that we make each and every day.  Today what will we decide?  Will we follow Jesus today even if the cost seems too great?  I pray we will!

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