Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Hundredfold Cycle

If Jesus talks of a hundredfold award, it must be part of a cycle of graces for those who believe and put their faith into practice.  Mind you, God’s word never fails.  It has the mark of infallibility since God Almighty can never err.

Why?  He promised us the hundredfold, if we are faithful.  Of course, we have to stick to His very words.  Can I explain it?  It’s hard because you really understand it when you live it fully.  Must be true, it’s found in three gospels: St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke.  If this involves multiple relationships, St. Paul gives this advice.  “Do not speak harshly to a man older than yourself, but advise him as you would your own father; treat the younger men as brothers and older women as you would your mother.  Always treat young women with propriety, as if they were sisters” (1 Tim. 5:1-2).

Since the point here involves people serving the interest of Jesus and His gospel, let us intently consider and analyze the very words of the three gospels quoting this topic, which only us how people who truly love God and their neighbour also share such love with one another generously and positively both in word and deed. When people love one another sincerely they may in truth say ‘what is yours is mine, what is mine is yours’.

            Mt. 19:27-29: “Then Peter spoke up and said, ‘You see we have given up everything to follow you: what will be our lot?’ Jesus answered, ‘You who have followed me, listen to my words: on the Day of Renewal,when the Son of Man sits on his throne in glory, you, too, will sit on twelve thrones to rule the twelve tribes of Israel.  As for those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or property for my Name’s sake, they will receive a hundredfold and be given eternal life’.”

            Mk. 10:28-30:  “Peter spoke up and said, ‘We have given up everything to follow you.’  Jesus answered, ‘Truly, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or lands for my sake and for the Gospel, who will not receive his reward.  I say to you: even in the midst of persecution he will receive a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands in the present time and in the world to come eternal life.’.”

            Lk. 18:28-30:  “Then Peter said, ‘We left everything we had and followed you.’ Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, whoever has left house or wife, or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, will receive much more in the present time and eternal life in the world to come’.”

On the true kinsmen of Jesus, we read from Mk. 3:31-35: “Then his mother and his brothers came.  As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking around at those who sat there he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers.  Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me’.”

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