Daily Reflection – 3/5/19
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.” (Mark 10:28-31)
Some are called to give up much and follow Christ. Some of these are called to the monastic life or a cloister as a religious sister. They truly give up everything of this world to seek out and follow the invitation of Christ to follow Him in this radical way. All of us, however, are called to give up “everything” to follow Christ in our own unique way. By giving up everything, we are called to completely surrender our own will and preferences in life to serve Christ in accord with His divine plan. This may take on many forms but, in the end, it’s always a call to give up everything.
The good news is that “giving up everything” is nothing other than giving up our own selfish ideals and preferences in life. The life He has in store for us is far better than we can dream of or imagine.
By saying “No” to our own will and doing things our own way, we are in fact saying “Yes” to doing things in the perfect way of God. Whatever the specific calling in life may be for you, it’s worth embracing God’s will.
Let us reflect on how ready and willing you and I are to say “Yes” to Christ no matter what He asks of us. Are you willing to say “Yes” even to that which He has not yet revealed to you? Say “Yes” today to whatever your future holds, and God will bless you in abundance.
Prayer of The Day
Lord, no matter what it is You call me to do in life, the answer is “Yes.” I want to serve Your will selflessly and completely. Help me to live that calling with generosity and love. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen!
It is through love and service for all of God’s creation, that we shall be first. If we only think about ourselves and are always first, we will be the last ones. If we put ourselves last, we shall be the first to be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.