Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

A rich young man asked Jesus how to gain eternal life, and the Lord said to obey the Commandments. Jesus had not finished, though, and the man went away sad because Jesus expected more. It didn’t seem fair! Saint Peter wanted to know the perks for the Twelve, who had given up everything to follow the Lord. Jesus said that those who followed Him would receive a hundred times more than they gave up—and eternal life besides. Still, He warned in parables that laborers for the Kingdom should expect the last to come first. Everything depended on loving God and neighbor. Do we gauge our spiritual progress by how many good works we have done (even half-heartedly) or how much love for God and others we have in our hearts?