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Monday, March 4, 2019

The Last will be First

"Many that are first will be last, and the last will be first." Mk 10:31

Coming as it does in response to Peter's question about the reward the disciples can expect for giving up everything to follow Jesus,  the challenge not to seek the first place in anything is an important Gospel lesson.

Jesus is clear when he warns his followers not to worry about the issues that can so easily consume them, and that they should not imitate Jewish leaders who used their modest wealth, knowledge of the law and religious authority as weapons to frighten and intimidate the underclass. Rather, they need to remember that the purpose of the Law is to assure believers that God was their companion and guide and they had nothing to fear from any civil power, even their oppressors, if they lived the law with joy.

For Christians, the call is direct. Jesus, as the fulfillment of the law, is the one who must be at the center of our lives. Nothing we can gain in the world can substitute for this relationship. As long as we are willing to enter into the mystery of God's love in Christ and submit ourselves to him, we have nothing to fear.

Today, remember who you are before God and be grateful for your faith.

Which spiritual practices help you counter your pride?

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