Tuesday, May 26 ~ Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Philip Neri, Priest
Founder, The Institute of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri
Holy Gospel: Mark 10:28-31 Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” 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 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. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Meditation: What’s the best investment you can make with your life? The gospel presents us with a paradox: we lose what we keep, and we gain what we give away. When we lose our lives for Jesus Christ, we gain a priceless treasure and an inheritance which last forever. Whatever we give to God comes back a hundredfold. Generosity flows from a heart full of gratitude for the abundant mercy and grace which God grants. Do you give freely and generously? Do you support the mission of your parish church? And why do you give, for reward or for love?
Prayer: Father, you continually raise up your faithful to the glory of holiness. In your love kindle in us the fire of the Holy Spirit who so filled the heart of Philip Neri. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: We should not be surprised if we lose favor or experience ridicule, intimidation, and injury when we take a stand on the side of truth, recognizing there are moral absolutes. In place of material wealth, Jesus promised his disciples the blessing and joy of rich fellowship with the community of believers. The Lord wants to fill our hearts with the vision of heaven and with his joy and peace. Do you know the joy of following the Lord as his disciple? Do you pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you with the joy of the Gospel and the knowledge of God’s personal love?