May 28, Tuesday Weekday
To the upright I will show the saving power of God. — Psalm 50:23
Mass Readings: Sirach 35:1-12/Mark 10:28-31
We tend to focus — often loudly and at great length! — on things we’ve given up for someone or something: a party skipped in order to study, a career put on hold to raise kids, a promotion sacrificed for the sake of a principle. But how much air-time is allocated for rejoicing over exams passed, bonds of family, or character strengthened?
In today’s Gospel, when Peter starts whining about all that the disciples have given up to follow Jesus, Our Lord interrupts to remind him of the unrivaled returns that will result. Not only are these returns incomparable (a hundredfold), they are imperishable (eternal life). Jesus also prepares His followers to expect and accept mixed blessings (there will also be persecutions). Nevertheless, these hardships are limited to “this age,” while the blessings last an eternity.
Prayer: Precious Lord, shift my focus away from good things given up to greater things gained in You.
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