Thursday after Ash Wednesday,  Thursday, 15th February,2018  (Lk 9:22-25)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Cross and Resurrection: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed to His Disciples, “. . . take up his (your) cross every day and follow me.”  Many of us want to be a follower of Jesus, but are not willing to accept the crosses of life.  Ponder on the meaning of “pain” and visualize Jesus Suffering on the Cross for our Salvation.  Crosses are meaningful challenges to grow in our faith.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The Son of man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’ 

Then, speaking to all, he said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, will save it. What benefit is it to anyone to win the whole world and forfeit or lose his very self?’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •The Holy Spirit can help us change our perceptions in life and to accept “truths” even in the form of prophesies. Happy are those who do not see, yet believe. 

  • •To renounce ourselves and to take up the cross means that we have to be Christ-centred and not self-centred. Then we can grow spiritually in faith and attain eternal life.

  • •We carry big and small crosses in life. Pray for God’s grace and spiritual insights to persevere in our daily living.