Thursday, February 07, 2008

Taking Up Our Crosses

Saying: The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day rise again. And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast away himself?
Luke 9:22-25 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father your only Son took much in the way of suffering and rejection. He knew what was coming and spoke it. He tells us that if he can suffer and be rejected by others so can we endure the trials others put us through. We are to deny our sufferings as nothing and carry those crosses with grace. Denying our hurts and placing them at your feet dear Father we are rejoicing for the sake of your love. But many today dear Father follow the ways of the world as a way of looking to save their life without realizing the deeper they follow the world the farther they get from you. Instead of finding life they lose it, for Jesus is the life, the living water.

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