March 5, 2019
Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘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.” Mk_10:28-31
As our Scriptures have been preparing us for the beginning of the Season of Lent, tomorrow, we reflect on how and what we have given up for the Lord. And yet, we always have to be very careful when we talk about sacrifice. Sacrifice is not necessarily the uncontrollable loss of something or someone we love. And it’s not masochism for some unknown reason. But it is how we deal with those unforeseen circumstances. And it is making offerings for the good of those in need. Are we hurting others in the process of our grieving, of our giving, or are we showing the Lord’s care for us, even in the loss, and the Lord’s care for others through our hands and by our own will?
We all know that life is no bed of roses! Of course, there are the thorns, the bees and the dirt to deal with – even in that bed. But the true bed, even better than roses, is the bed of eternal life. Jesus promises that when we can always keep the goal of eternal life foremost in our thoughts, then not even loss and persecution can harm us. We KNOW that God has only the very best destiny waiting for us. And Lent is our reminder!
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