A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark8:34-9:1
Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
He also said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the Kingdom of God has come in power.”
REFLECTION: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."
God's love for us is simple. It is a gift. For us to give calls for sacrifice. We can pick our sacrifice, but most of the time we are called to perform acts that ask of us to renounce ourselves. This becomes a measure of our love and commitment. We are asked to die to selfishness and greed when we work to support our families, send our children to private schools. Some of us have special needs children, some have frail parents, some cannot support their families without two jobs or both parents working. Some have poor health, have limited talents, and some have their own plans but God has another plan for them..
Our crosses are not meant to be inconveniences. They are means to put aside those things that keep us from God. They are meant to have life with God, closer to His will. As we walk with God through life, we are most in need of His presence.
PAPA prays for priests, for their commitment to serve God, to shepherd His children, and to be the Person of Christ here on earth. The priests deny themselves, and are asked to die to selfishness, greed and comfort. There are many weak priests who need our support and our willingness to give of ourselves in prayer for them. There are many priests who are strong, faithful and fervent. They too need our prayers. As they suffer and sacrifice for the Word of God, we, too are asked to do the same.
Please join in the Prayer for Priests.