MY daily reflection and prayer: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 9:22-25
“The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s reflect on the meaning, healing, and transforming power of the cross of Christ. Jesus says in the Gospel today, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” It is about his cross.
Then he says again, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” It is about our cross which we must take up as the followers of Christ.
In fact, rejection and crucifixion mean defeat and condemnation, not victory and freedom. So, how could Jesus’ self-denial, suffering and death lead to victory and life? The answer is very clear. His cross is also expressing his obedience to his Father’s. Through his obedience to his Father’s will, Jesus reverses the curse of Adam’s disobedience.
His death on the cross has won pardon for the guilty, freedom for the oppressed, healing for the afflicted, and new life for those condemned to death. His death makes possible our freedom to live as sons and daughters of God.
This is the paradox in God’s plan. We lose what we gain, and we gain what we lose. It means, when we surrender our lives to God, he gives us new life in his Spirit and the pledge of eternal life. The cross of Jesus Christ leads us to freedom and victory over sin and death.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we offer to God in exchange for freedom and eternal life by being ready to part with anything that might keep us from following him and his perfect plan for our lives. True disciples are ready to give up all that we have in exchange for happiness and life with God.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we give you our hands to do your work. We give you our feet to go your way. We give you our eyes to see as you do. We give you our tongues to speak your words. I give you my mind that you may think in me. We give you our spirit that you may pray in us. Above all, we give you our hearts that you may love in us, your Father, and all mankind. We give you our whole selves that you may grow in us, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in us now and forever. Amen. (Modification of Prayer from The Grail)
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