Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.” MK 10:28-31
The Scripture scholar’s side note for yesterday’s verses and today’s says, “Achievement of salvation is beyond human capability and depends solely on the goodness of God who offers it as a gift.” Today, Peter asks what reward the disciples will receive for giving up everything and following Christ. Jesus reveals that we can obtain heaven on earth if we give up everything to follow Him, “a hundred times more now in this present age,” and “eternal life in the age to come.” If we give up everything and put Christ first, even before our family and possessions, we can live heaven on earth now and gain eternal life.
In the Lord’s Prayer it says, “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If we die to self and put on Christ for the world, our reward is heaven on earth and eternal life. If we give up everything and follow the Gospel, our reward is heaven on earth and eternal life. I cannot think of anything harder than fighting Satan, growing in holiness, and putting God before family and possessions. Interestingly, this is what we are made for. When we put God first, He helps put those other important people and things in right order and teaches us how to treat and use them properly.
As we learned yesterday, salvation is impossible to achieve as humans, we must have God’s grace. Put on the armor of God and be ready to fight and protect! Cling to God with every fiber of your being, He will never abandon you.
Today’s challenge: Every day is a gift, our lives are a gift, achieve holiness by doing whatever it takes to draw closer to Jesus one day at a time through prayer, fighting temptation and staying in the state of grace, and following the 10 commandments.
Be a servant, become a saint!