DGeMS


Ord. Wk 6th,  Friday, 17th February,2017  (Mk 8:34-38)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Renouncing Self – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  In saying this, Jesus is testing whether we are willing to make the needed sacrifices, face the challenges and even die for Him.   How much do we really love Jesus?


Fr Philip Heng, S.J


Jesus called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 

‘What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his life? And indeed what can anyone offer in exchange for his life? For if anyone in this sinful and adulterous generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ 


TODAY'S POINTERS ON GOD'S WORD
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus challenges His disciples to examine their priorities in life by saying ‘What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his life.’

  • This challenge of Jesus also applies to us.  What are the things and who are the people you love most and make sacrifices for?   Do you love Jesus through these people, things or deep desires of your life?  Is Jesus pushed to the background of your life?

  • A true disciple is one who moulds his/her life after Jesus in everything that he/she thinks and does. How are you living your vocation of discipleship daily?