discerning readings

We have a two day discernment workshop here in the novitiate house starting this morning - part of the process of writing "the letter" requesting permission to make temporary vows. During my prayer time this morning, I burst out laughing at this bit in today's first reading
Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly,
and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Like obedient children,
do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance
but, as he who called you is holy,
be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct,
for it is written, Be holy because I am holy. (1 Peter: 1)
and then at the Gospel.
Peter began to say to Jesus,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.” (Mark 10)
How fitting! And not planned on our part at all in terms of scheduling this workshop.

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