Thursday after Ash Wednesday Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 & 6 1st Reading: Dt 30:15-20 Gospel: Lk 9:22-25
There is only one way of being a follower of Christ and that is to do what he did. He took up his cross. It is good to note that the word “daily” is included in the injunction. We only need to take up the cross for today. Forget the crosses of the past and don’t worry about the crosses of the future. What crosses do we have to carry today? Maybe an unfaithful husband, a rebellious child, a cranky mother-in-law? For a student, a failing grade, a misunderstanding with a best friend, a difficult exam? For some it could be heavy: diagnoses of terminal cancer, loss of a loved one, no money for food, for rent etc. With the grace of God we make it to the end of the day. We still are alive. We kept our cool. Maybe somebody lent us money to pay our rent. We made up with our best friend. Or maybe we were not able to solve our problem. But we survived. At the end of the day, we lay down our cross. Sometimes, some solution comes while we are asleep. Or maybe not. Anyway, we sleep in God’s arms. We gather energy for tomorrow. Now I lay me down to sleep.
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