O Jesus, teach me to set aside everything for love of you.
Picture Jesus instructing his apostles.
A young man has walked away from Jesus because he was rich. In contrast, Peter is a model disciple who has set all aside. Jesus spells out the rewards, in this life and in eternity.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Peter says that he and the other apostles have left everything behind.
- Jesus accepts Peter’s claim as true and spells out the great rewards.
- The early Christians were already experiencing this hundredfold. The people who had joined the Church shared all their possessions.
- By sharing their properties, people really had access to a hundred homes.
- Mark slips in a warning. The disciples will be persecuted (which they already were experiencing).
- The greatest rewards will be “in the age to come,” everlasting life with Jesus, and a sharing in his resurrection.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, teach me how to leave everything behind and follow you.
- O Jesus, how great are your rewards, even in this life.
- You give peace of soul and freedom from sins.
- You give me others as my brothers and sisters. This is the great blessing of devout communities.
- Teach me to be a brother and sister to others by sharing my life and my goods.
- O Jesus, persecutions will come. Be with me in my trials.
- What will my life be “in the age to come?” What is everlasting life? What is it like to live with you forever? Don’t let me miss out.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will make a sincere effort to detach myself today from some material goods.
+ I will think about Jesus’ promises. He always keeps his word.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
And in the age to come, everlasting life.