Then Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” (Matthew 19:27)
What we have before us today is Peter’s response to Jesus’ teaching about wealth and discipleship – that it is “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (v. 24). So after hearing about giving everything up to follow Jesus, Peter asks about what he’s going to get, how he’s going to be rewarded. It seems to me that he’s asked just the wrong question, he’s missed the point about true discipleship, he seems to be more concerned with becoming first rather than becoming a follower. This is why Jesus confronts him – for “many who are first ill be last, and the last will be first (v. 30).
The time has come for the Church to stop asking the same questions that Peter is credited with asking. The time has come for the Church to stop seeking rewards for herself. The time has come to give up ourselves for the good of following Christ. – rc