Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Casimir

March 4th, 2014
""You will be repaid a hundred times over."" 1 Peter : 10

As a kind of follow-up to the events of yesterday’s gospel when the rich young man failed to give up his wealth in order to follow Jesus Peter asked Jesus what kind of reward he and the others could expect for giving up everything in order to follow him (Mark 10:28-31).  Jesus assures him that he will be very adequately rewarded.   Peter is still at a very early stage in his discipleship.  He hasn’t yet learned that knowing and following Jesus is reward enough and that eternal life is a gift from God that cannot be earned.  The gift can only be responded to.  Later through his failure Peter will learn how to respond to the gift being offered by Jesus.  Selfless love will become his primary motivation rather than looking for reward.  Strengthened by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Peter will prove his love for Jesus by joyfully  preaching the Good News and finally giving his life for Jesus. 

Prayer "Lord teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I am doing your will." (St. Ignatius of Loyola) Amen