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Matthew 19:27-29

The Word of God

Then Peter said in reply, "Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?" Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life."

Matthew 19:27-29
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    • Jesus often goes out of his way to warn his followers to prepare themselves for suffering : discipleship comes at cost.
    • But the question here is : What about reward – can any reward be expected for discipleship ? Jesus replies that there will be reward both in the present world and in the world to come. There will be assurances even now of the Lord’s favour : a hundredfold or manifold reward (though one Gospel warns that persecutions will persist) – But ‘when all is made new’, those who ‘have left everything’ will sit on twelve thrones beside the Lord ‘to judge the twelve tribes of Israel’ (a privilege accorded, in another part of the Christian Bible, to all the Blessed Ones).
    • Peter may have taken his cue here from the encounter of Jesus with the rich young man narrated just before : for the latter, the invitation to leave everything had proved too much.
    • This passage has a special application to today’s Saint – Benedict, founder of European monasticism and a Patron of Europe.
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    • Peter is stunned by Jesus’ stark teaching about wealth: ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.’ Peter is reassured, however, that his self-sacrifice will be rewarded a hundredfold. Jesus is kind to him in his fear that he will lose everything.
    • Throughout the Gospels Jesus warns about the love of riches. He condemns the greedy who ignore the poor (Luke 16:19-31). He identifies with the little ones, the poor in spirit, who live very simply. He invites me to be generous because God is generous. ‘Give and it will be given to you’ (Luke 6:38). Lord, teach me to manage my possessions rightly and to be kind to the needy. God sees and will reward me.
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    • This promise has had profound effects on the world’s history, in the hundreds of thousands of good people who for Jesus’ sake have left everything they held precious, in order to give themselves to serving others. Today we honour Benedict, who guided a vast community of such people, and through his monasteries saved the civilisation and culture of Europe, of which he is the patron.
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    • This promise has had profound effects on the world’s history, in the hundreds of thousands of good people who for Jesus’ sake have left everything they held precious, in order to give themselves to serving others. Today we honour Benedict, who guided a vast community of such people, and through his monasteries saved the civilisation and culture of Europe, of which he is the patron.