Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 28, 2024


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R/. The Lord has made known his salvation.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little children the mysteries of the kingdom.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Peter began to say to Jesus “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

1.      We are exhorted by Peter in the first reading to “be holy in all our conduct”, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”. This summons us to be sober-minded and God’s obedient children, not being conformed to the passions of the old life.

3.      Such a life is certainly not easy. It is demanding and challenging. Especially in the sight of the world, and in human calculations, it is a big loss. What is the use of it? What is the result and fruit of it?

4.      This is the concern that is implied in the question of Peter of Jesus in today’s gospel: “Behold, we have left everything and followed you”. This question follows immediately yesterday’s episode of the rich young man, who fails to follow Jesus’ invitation to give up everything and follow him.

5.      In contrast to him, Peter and the other disciples readily leave everything and follow Jesus. In this context, Peter’s question is quite valid and reasonable. It is not following the Lord with ulterior motives or some interests. It is not doing something for God with some expectations. It is not giving up some things in order to gain many things.

6.      In all simplicity, Peter’s question reveals a concern for assurance that it is worth following the Lord. It is far more rewarding. It is not a vain enterprise or a futile struggle. The value of following the Lord is exceedingly greater than all that is given up. The reward is an abundance of spiritual riches and relationships. And the greatest reward is eternal life.

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