Leaving the past behind,
Painting by Philip McKay,
Created in 2017,
Digital Art
© Philip McKay Artist

Leaving the past behind,
Painting by Philip McKay,
Created in 2017,
Digital Art
© Philip McKay Artist

Gospel of 25 May 2021

Peter asked Jesus, ‘What about us?'

Mark 10:28-31

At that time Peter began to tell Jesus, 'What about us? We have left everything and followed you.' Jesus said, 'I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.

'Many who are first will be last, and the last first.'

Reflection on the Digital Artwork

Today's Gospel reading follows on immediately after a rich man walked away from Jesus, saddened because he was unable to respond to Jesus' call to leave everything and follow Him. Witnessing this, Peter at the beginning of today's gospel reading asks Jesus, 'What about us?' Jesus assures the disciples that, having left everything, they will receive far more than they have left behind, both in this life and in the next life. Jesus always calls us to go beyond the world that is familiar to us and beyond the comforts we have created around us. There always has to be an element of self-dying before we can be self-giving.

All of us who want to be close to Christ have something to give up, or something to leave. We all have different attachments to things that we don't really need, or different habits we can't shake off. Our artwork by Philip McKay, entitled Leaving the Past Behind, shows a man walking away from 'something'. The clock shows 4.30, so maybe he is walking away from work before the 5pm end of the working day. Who knows? Whilst our man is obviously leaving something, that leaving is meaningless unless we know what we are walking towards. Leaving and following go together in the Christian life. We can only truly leave things if we follow Christ… joyfully.

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