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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 14, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How strange indeed that the battle cry of our Lord is a gentle promise of suffering and human rejection. Yet His cross reigns victorious!  His cross has redeemed us! Have we taken the time to reflect on what this means for us? How great His love for us?

What is our daily cross? The true cross that will lead us to the heavenly Kingdom? Is it our physical aches and pains? Is it our mental fatigue or stress? Or is it rather our daily struggle to turn sin and temptation away. To be faithful to the Gospels. To love someone hard to love. To forgive in spite of our reluctance. To serve the Lord by serving His people. To care for those who cannot care for themselves. To be ridiculed and laughed at while trying to share the Good News and Jesus with others. To give up the cares of the world and stay focused on the narrow path to the kingdom of God our Father…. Are these not what makes up the cross we are to carry?

Let us pray….

Jesus, my Lord my God, thank you for coming to ransom me with your own life. I love you, I worship you, I trust you. I give myself over to you, to be one with you in all things. I now take my place in your cross and death, through which I have died with you to sin, to my flesh, to the world, and to the evil one. I take up the cross and crucify my flesh with all its pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry and all temptations that keep me from you. I ask you to apply to me the fullness of your cross, death, blood and sacrifice. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul and body, my heart, mind and will. Amen

GOSPEL Luke 9:22–25

Jesus said to his disciples: “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”