“The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?” Luke 9:25
When I was a young girl, I was inspired by stories of courage, especially the stories of saints who sacrificed their lives for love of God. I have always wondered whether I could ever have the courage to do the same. As I have grown older, I now wonder if I have the courage and perseverance to even LIVE my faith, much less die for it?
Fast-paced life in America seems to be characterized by constant motion and competition. This tempts us from pursuing what matters most – our eternal life with God.
But Lent is a time to recommit to living our faith and clearing away all the distractions.
It is a time to make small sacrifices so that we become spiritually stronger to resist temptation.
It is a time to give alms so that we find true joy.
And it is a time to commit to daily prayer so that we can discover the infinite, overwhelming and merciful love of God. Once we discover that, God will give us the grace, courage and strength to live for Him and to die for Him.
-Mrs. Mary Burke is Pastoral Officer for the Mother’s Club at St. Louis U. High.
Lord Jesus, I cannot follow you
without first releasing the self-centeredness, fear, and comforts
I cling to in place of clinging to you.
Help me to let go of everything that stands in the way
of my embracing fully your call to follow you.
I desire to know your desire for me
and to do your will in all things.
Amen.Please share the Good Word with your friends!