Grace and Peace to you.
No one who has left house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or fields,
for my sake and for the sake of the good news,
will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—
houses, brothers and sisters,
mothers and children, and fields
with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
I notice of the things I let go of, all I receive again, multiplied—
For Jesus’ hearers “father” meant authority.
There is only one; we need no earthly ones,
no lording it over one another.
Of course if I seek a world in which
we are all equals, and the only authority is God,
those in authority in this world will oppose me—
hence the addition to what I receive: persecutions.
God, help me to trust your absolute authority.
In that trust help me to let go of all I cling to.
Help me, letting go, to seek your realm of justice.
In that seeking give me courage to face resistance.
Help me, facing resistance and even persecutions, to trust
the sisters and brothers, mothers and children I am given
(the great family of justice seekers),
and the homes and fields I am given
(the place of life and belonging),
given by your absolute, loving authority.
Give me grace to give everything in love
and so to receive more than everything,
a hundred times everything,
but only one
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