For the Faith

When Jesus called his first disciples to follow him, they laid down their fishnets, left their families, and went with him. Was Peter actually asking Jesus “What’s in it for me?” Did the disciples expect some sort of financial or material gain for their allegiance? So Jesus reassures them that they would be repaid a hundred times over – but not now, not just yet. At the present time, they leave behind everything for his sake and the sake of his work and this includes persecutions – this was their investment. But the rewards are great, very great, in the eternal life. It is not possible to live as God wills us to do without a cross. This is the reality of sacrificial love in the life of a person following God’s will. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain. No cross, no crown.” All of Jesus’ first Twelve suffered martyrdom except John. Many of our saints also suffered persecution and martyrdom for Christ’s sake and for the sake of the gospel. However, there are two kinds of martyrdom – those who die for the faith in the hands of the enemy, and those who dedicate their lives to serving the Church for the salvation of souls and who die quietly, unnoticed.

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