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May 29, 2018

Mark 10:28-31

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 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—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Leaving things behind

I spent a summer traveling through India with three shirts, three pairs of underwear, two pairs of pants, and an undersized pair of sandals. I washed clothes often and I never made choices about what to wear. I wasn’t uncomfortable. The simplicity was freeing. I left nearly everything back home.

I journeyed on with other things though, and still do. Some of them, more than material possessions, still feel impossible to leave behind. Resentment toward people who have hurt me. Guilt for people I’ve hurt. Attachments to technology and a lack of moderation. A deeper concern for how I look than how I feel.

These are roadblocks to a lasting relationship with Jesus. More than extra t-shirts or undersized sandals, these are the things I must give up. The sacrifice will pave the way for deeper holiness and strength, and will lead me to eternal life.

—Eric Immel, SJ, is the Associate Dean for Student Success at Arrupe College and an editor for The Jesuit Post.

Prayer

Dear God,

I let go of my need to be perfect, and I let You fill me with Your perfect love.
I let go of my ideas of fulfillment, and I let You fill me with what I truly desire.
I let go of what I think of myself, and I let You define my worth.
I let go of what others think of me, and I let You tell me who I am to You.
I let go of my appearance, and I let You shine through me.
I let go of my unreasonable standards, and I let You work through me.
I let go of my will for my life, and I let You reveal Your plan for me.
I let go of all of my past sins, and I let You forgive me.
I let go of my reliance on myself, and I let You be my Redeemer.
I let go of how I view others, and I let You love them through me.

—Kate Prain

 


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May 29, 2018

Mark 10:28-31

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 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—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Leaving things behind

I spent a summer traveling through India with three shirts, three pairs of underwear, two pairs of pants, and an undersized pair of sandals. I washed clothes often and I never made choices about what to wear. I wasn’t uncomfortable. The simplicity was freeing. I left nearly everything back home.

I journeyed on with other things though, and still do. Some of them, more than material possessions, still feel impossible to leave behind. Resentment toward people who have hurt me. Guilt for people I’ve hurt. Attachments to technology and a lack of moderation. A deeper concern for how I look than how I feel.

These are roadblocks to a lasting relationship with Jesus. More than extra t-shirts or undersized sandals, these are the things I must give up. The sacrifice will pave the way for deeper holiness and strength, and will lead me to eternal life.

—Eric Immel, SJ, is the Associate Dean for Student Success at Arrupe College and an editor for The Jesuit Post.

Prayer

Dear God,

I let go of my need to be perfect, and I let You fill me with Your perfect love.
I let go of my ideas of fulfillment, and I let You fill me with what I truly desire.
I let go of what I think of myself, and I let You define my worth.
I let go of what others think of me, and I let You tell me who I am to You.
I let go of my appearance, and I let You shine through me.
I let go of my unreasonable standards, and I let You work through me.
I let go of my will for my life, and I let You reveal Your plan for me.
I let go of all of my past sins, and I let You forgive me.
I let go of my reliance on myself, and I let You be my Redeemer.
I let go of how I view others, and I let You love them through me.

—Kate Prain

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!