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March 01, 2022

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DG BookGospel: Mark 10:28-31
Peter spoke up and said, “We have given up everything to follow you.” Jesus answered, “Truly, there is no one who
has left house, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel, who
will not receive his reward. I say to you: even in the midst of persecution, he will receive a hundred times as many houses,

brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands in the present time; and, in the world to come, eternal life. Do pay attention:
many who now are the first will be last, and the last, first.”

 

Reflection:

 

“We have given up everything to follow you.” Peter might have
been pretty sincere in making this declaration. After all, didn’t
they leave behind their families and professions to spend their
lives with Jesus? However, there were far more important but
subtle attachments they had not yet given up. Ironically,
almost immediately after Peter’s declaration, we have the selfish
request from James and John: ““Grant us to sit, one at your
right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” They gave up
material possessions alright, but the attachment to positions
and honors had not left them. The worse was to come: at the
moment of Christ’s Passion, all disciples, without exception,
would abandon him, with Peter topping it with the triple denials.
Today might be a good moment to examine sincerely our own
subtle and gross attachments that prevent us from a total fall
into God’s hands—after all, we cannot fall in installments.

 

 

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