A reading from the gospel according to Mark 10:28-31
28 Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.”
29 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
30 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.
31 But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Reflection: Reward for Following Jesus
The gospel reading above follows immediately the passage about the rich man who cannot follow Jesus because of his wealth. Jesus then said it is difficult for a rich to enter the kingdom of God. This is in contrast to the apostles who have left everything to follow Him. Jesus then made the promise that anyone who gave up possessions and even family will receive a reward that is a hundred times more. More importantly, they will get eternal life in the age to come.
Many people like Peter’s honesty in letting Jesus know of his feelings and questions. He and his companions left everything to follow the Lord, so what is in store for them? It is a poignant question that becomes also our question. Why do we follow Jesus only to be met with opposition and persecution? What is our reward? Jesus has an answer and perhaps with a smile, He will say, “Come on my child, you will not follow me for nothing. I will reward you for more than you can ever imagine!”
Indeed, God is generous and He fulfills His promises. Our reward may not be in terms of material things but the hope, the joy and peace of mind that He gives us are priceless. Let us continue to trust in Him and eternal life will be ours.