On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 15, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have but one precious life to live. No one knows exactly how long they will live for, apart from the gravelly ill who can only guess. So we have a choice to make. To live a sinful life separated from the Lord our God, which eventually leads to permanent death? Or to live a grace filled life in the Lord our God?

Make no mistake the latter choice is not easy. It is one of love which demands sacrifice. To live our lives not for ourselves but for the good of others. And to live it for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord who died for us so that we might have eternal life with Him. This life choice is one which bears fruit.

Lord Jesus I choose to take up my cross and follow You. Be with me always I pray. Amen

First reading

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
I set before you today life or death, blessing or curse

Moses said to the people: ‘See, today I set before you life and prosperity, death and disaster. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I enjoin on you today, if you love the Lord your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws, his customs, you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to make your own. But if your heart strays, if you refuse to listen, if you let yourself be drawn into worshipping other gods and serving them, I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today: I set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live, in the love of the Lord your God, obeying his voice, clinging to him; for in this your life consists, and on this depends your long stay in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he would give them.’

Gospel

Luke 9:22-25
Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’
Then to all he said:
‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it. What gain, then, is it for a man to have won the whole world and to have lost or ruined his very self?’

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