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Give to the Most High, as he has given to you

– Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time –

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age … and in the age to come” [Mark 10:29-30]

The Gospel reading today is really beautifully preempted by a line in the first reading from Sirach which says, “give to the Most High, as he has given to you” (Sir 35:10).

Along the Christian walk, it can be so tempting to count the cost of discipleship, I know there have been times when I have! It can also be tempting to tell Jesus all about the things we do for him! But today, let’s stop and ask ourselves – what has the Most High given for us? The fact is, God has given us nothing less than Himself and he invites us to do the same.

In the midst of this Christian walk we will have to ‘give up’ things – Jesus told us as much. Yet this is always ultimately for our own good. Often what we’re being called to surrender are those things that get in the way of us entering into the fullness of life and relationship that Jesus promises, both in this life and the next. He is inviting us into a relationship of mutual self-gift, a relationship of profound love and eternal union with Him.

Jesus, in his life, death and resurrection, put us before Himself – what is standing in the way of us putting Jesus first in our lives today?

Lord, you know me and you love me. Please give me the grace to place you first in my life today. Help me to trust you with the things I hold dear, believing that you are always good, and give me the courage to walk confidently in your promises this day.

By Chantale Wilson

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