On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 5, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Can anyone of us boldly declare, I am leaving everything behind to follow Jesus? Well perhaps a few more questions for deeper reflection will help us decide if we can, even though we should.

Can you give without grumbling? Especially when you are on a very tight and slim budget, can you still give cheerfully?

Can you let go of all unforgiveness, hurts and pain entrusting it all to the healing power of the Lord?

Can you Not count the cost of your sacrifice in servitude of the Lord Your God and brethren?

Are you still afraid to speak about Jesus and to share your faith in Him? When you will highly likely be ‘persecuted’ or rejected especially by those close to you, family, close friends?

Can you let go of all worldly attachments? Mobile devices, games, social media, television, shopping sprees, regular social drinking, clubbing and so on?

Can you serve the Lord your God without want of affirmation or recognition?

Are you willing to lay down your life for a friend as Christ did?

For many most if not all the above is impossible. But let us be reminded by what Christ spoke to us in yesterday’s Gospel ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’ We simply need to grow in our faith and love for our Lord Jesus Christ. In doing so it will only come naturally to leave everything behind to follow Him. Amen

First reading

Ecclesiasticus 35:2-15 †
Give to the Most High as he has given to you

A man multiplies offerings by keeping the Law; he offers communion sacrifices by following the commandments.
By showing gratitude he makes an offering of fine flour,
by giving alms he offers a sacrifice of praise.
Withdraw from wickedness and the Lord will be pleased,
withdraw from injustice and you make atonement.
Do not appear empty-handed in the Lord’s presence;for all these things are due under the commandment.
A virtuous man’s offering graces the altar, and its savour rises before the Most High.
A virtuous man’s sacrifice is acceptable,its memorial will not be forgotten.
Honour the Lord with generosity, do not stint the first-fruits you bring.
Add a smiling face to all your gifts, and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously as your means can afford;
for the Lord is a good rewarder, he will reward you seven times over.
Offer him no bribe, he will not accept it, do not put your faith in an unvirtuous sacrifice; since the Lord is a judge who is no respecter of personages.

Gospel

Mark 10:28-31
Whoever has left everything for the sake of the gospel will be repaid

At that time Peter began to tell Jesus, ‘What about us? We have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.
‘Many who are first will be last, and the last first.’

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