Friday 7 August 2020

About Today Readings

St Sixtus II & Cc.; St Cajetan. Day of penance

Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7. It is I who deal death and give life – Deuteronomy 32:35-36, 39, 41. Matthew 16:24-28.

Anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it

The readings today are full of violence and excitement. My nine-year-old son would take delight in these.

In the Gospel, Jesus challenges his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ In some times in history, and indeed, in some parts of the world today, being a Christian means risking death. For us, we don’t have to give up our lives (at least, not in the literal sense) to live out our faith. There are times, perhaps, when we are called to sacrifice our own comfort.

A difficult conversation, the fear of using our talents, an examination of conscience, showing love when it hurts. In what way am I being called to take up my cross today?

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