Monday, August 19, 2019
TUESDAY, 20TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
Jgs 6: 11 – 24a / Mt 19: 23 – 30
Born in France, St. Bernard (1090 – 1153) was a Cistercian abbot and preacher.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 19: 23 – 29
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, believe me: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
On hearing this the disciples were astonished and said, "Who, then, can be saved?" Jesus looked steadily at them and answered, "For humans it is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
Then Peter spoke up and said, "You see we have given up everything to follow you: what will be our lot?"
Jesus answered, "You who have followed me, listen to my words: on the Day of Renewal, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in glory, you, too, will sit on the twelve thrones to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. As for those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or property for my Name's sake, they will receive a hundredfold, and will be given eternal life."
Peter's question in the Gospel reading today is a question asked by every believer and follower of Christ, whether in religious life or in the ordained ministry of the Church or as a simple lay person: "What do we get in return for following Christ? What will be our lot for giving up things for his sake?" The simple answer for all, "We hope to save our soul and have eternal life with God.."
In the Gospel reading Jesus warns his disciples about wealth and riches: they can be real deterrents to entering the kingdom of heaven, "It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, believe me, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven." It is so easy for one to make wealth and riches, one's god replacing the true God.
Jesus also promises his disciples and those who follow him the reward of eternal life. True, the disciples left their families and their livelihood to follow Christ in his public ministry.
In fact, Jesus promises them a hundredfold even in this life. "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: 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." (Mk 10: 29 - 30)
Indeed, God cannot be outdone in generosity.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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