To Keep It You’ve Got to Give It Away

Challenge: Reach out to a relative you haven’t spoken to in months.
by Father Eamonn Shelly, LC | Source:

May 27, 2008
Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 10: 28-31
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."

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I enter into your presence today, I want to tell you that I believe in you. You are the most important one in my life. Without you, life would be so cruel and difficult; but with you, the cross becomes easy and the yoke light. Grant me the grace to know how to forget myself, so that you may reign always in my heart.

Petition: Lord, I want to detach myself from the world and my selfish ways of being, so that your light may shine within me.

1.Give away Everything At times it helps to compare what we have given up to follow Christ with what Christ himself has done for us. He died on the cross—he could have done nothing greater for us than to give his life for us. So, when we are feeling sorry for ourselves, or when we are looking for a pat on the back, like St. Peter, let’s turn our gaze to the crucifix. Let us see how little our suffering is when it is compared with Christ’s.

2. Being Radical Christ tells Peter that in order to follow him, we need to be willing to give up even those parts of our life which are closest to us—like our family. We can admire how so many have done this throughout the history of the Church, how so many have left their homes to follow Christ and have lived this command of the Lord in a radical way. It isn’t that houses, siblings, children and lands are bad for us. If they were, it wouldn’t be much of a sacrifice. Here it is a question of giving up what is good for something that is better.

3. The Hundredfold Christ wants each one of us to be rich and to experience the hundredfold, but this richness that he guarantees is an interior treasure. It comes in the measure with which we are ready to be selfless and to give of ourselves to our brothers and sisters. We need to take ourselves off the radar screen and put our God and our neighbor in its center.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I want to experience this “hundredfold” in my life, but I find that many times I choose only to do the things I want to do. Instead of fostering peace and joy in my heart, I experience emptiness because of my self-love. Give me the grace, Lord, to be able to break through my selfishness to make room for your grace, which fosters happiness in the midst of daily trials.

Resolution: I will reach out to a relative I haven’t spoken to in months.

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