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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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