FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday May 29, 2018
Week Eight of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.” (Mark 10: 28)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus invites his disciples, who have left everything and followed Him – as Peter says – to be faithful to the vocation received: this also involves persecution and difficulties, but the goal is heaven.
The condition is certainly hard: to renounce all goods to be his disciples (cf. also Luke 14: 33) and follow Him to the cross. Yet this is not the conclusion to everything but is realized in view of a greater good. When God asks us for something, He does it for the best: He never lets himself be outdone in generosity, because He loves us, and in the end He welcomes us into His love and joy.
Renunciation is never an end in itself, but always for a greater good: God loves us, we need to allow ourselves to be attracted by His love, knowing that our joy and our happiness are only in Him.
The voice of Pope Francis – Angelus, October 11, 2015
We deprive ourselves of goods and receive in return the enjoyment of the true good. It frees us from slavery to things and gains us the freedom to serve for love. We renounce possessions and derive the joy of the gift. Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB