St. Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church
Judges 6:11-24 + Matthew 19:23-30
August 20, 2019
“What will there be for us?”
Peter often comes across as a less than stellar candidate for the college of apostles, much less the leader of the apostles. Consider that after Jesus has declared that salvation is impossible for man to accomplish, but that “for God all things are possible”, what does Peter reply? He replies, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?” Obviously Peter is not embarrassed by his self-interest. We might admire his honesty in expressing himself, even if he himself isn’t so admirable on this occasion. Can you imagine a brand new postulant arriving at the convent and asking where she can find the hot tub and the coffee bar?
But Jesus answers Peter’s question with a forbearance that might leave us scratching our heads. Perhaps we need to reflect on whether, and how, Jesus is acting pedagogically here. Jesus offers Peter an impressive response, assuring us that great gifts are in store in Heaven for those who are saved by God.
But this begs the question: how does God save us? For man it is impossible to save himself, but for God it is possible to save man. But how does God save man? This question seems to pass over Peter’s head, and perhaps at times over ours as well. The answer, simply, is the Way of the Cross. Peter in time will walk there. God invites you to do so today.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church