WORD of the DAY
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. (Luke 9: 23)
The Lord continues to tell us, “Stop placing yourself at the center and pretending that everything revolves around you”! Learn to put Me at the center and you follow me. This is the right position, behind the Lord, walking in His footsteps, learning from Him how to love, how to suffer, how to rejoice. This is salvation! Be converted! Change perspective! Put things in their right place!
Lord, show me Your ways; teach me Your paths.
The voice of Pope Francis (Angelus on June 19, 2016)
Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow Him. This does not mean an ornamental cross, or an ideological cross, but the cross of life. It is the cross of one’s duty; the cross of sacrificing ourselves for others with love – for parents, children, family, friends, even for enemies. It is the cross of being available to be in solidarity with the poor, to work for justice and peace. By taking up this attitude, these crosses, we always lose something. We must never forget that “those who lose their life for Christ, will save it”. It is a loss in order to gain. Let us remember all our sisters and brothers who still today put these words of Jesus into practice, offering their time, their work, their fatigue, and even their life rather than renouncing their faith in Christ.
Through His Holy Spirit, Jesus gives us the strength to go ahead on the journey of faith and of witness. Let us do what we believe in; never saying one thing and doing another. On this journey, we are always preceded by our Blessed Mother who is close to us. Let Her take us by the hand when we are experiencing the darkest and most difficult times.