WORD of the DAY
Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and [the] last will be first. (Mark 10: 28-31)
Jesus is very explicit in His answer to Peter and promises a hundredfold for what we leave behind to follow Him. It is interesting to note that Jesus includes the phrase, “with persecutions”, as though that were part of the reward. And perhaps it is, although not while we are being persecuted. What comes after if we are faithful and true to Jesus is well worth any pain or sorrow we endure for love of Him and in imitation of Him.
Jesus, help me to trust You completely always.
The voice of Pope Francis (Angelus October 11, 2015)
Jesus has made the hundredfold promise to those who leave everything to follow Him, and it includes eternal life. The hundredfold is made of the things that were first possessed and then left; this is what is multiplied infinitely. Those who deprive themselves of their goods will receive in exchange the enjoyment of true goods; they are freed from slavery to things and they earn the freedom of serving for love. Those who renounce possessing, receive the joy of the giving. Jesus told us that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20: 35).