Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.

Each time we hear this Gospel, we are embarrassed by Peter's question. It's as if he were saying, "What's in it for us?" But Jesus is not put off. The generosity, the mercy of God are prodigious, extravagant. And so Jesus promises us "a hundred times more" than what we have given up for him. 

So it is that we have heard the older brethren encourage the younger brothers not to be afraid to give their all.  "God will not be outdone in his generosity," they tell us. The meaning is clear- Do not fear to give up everything for love of Christ. He notices and wants to recompense us to overflowing.

Photograph by Brother Brian.