Feast of St. Polycarp

February 23rd, 2012

"When one loses his life for Christ's sake, it will be saved."
Luke 9 : 24

Why did God allow the death of His Son on the Cross as the path we too must take to reach salvation. In the Cross the crucified loses everything, his clothes, his prestige, his dignity, his life and in some cases even his faith and hopes. No wonder then that for the Jews, the man who dies on the Cross is considered cursed by God. It is the path to total ignominy of the human self. Thus God wills it. The self which is rebellious in him is totally annihilated. What remains of it lies before our life giving God. The seed of the Resurrection, therefore is already present in the Crucifixion. When one loses his life for Christ’s sake, it will be saved.


God of light, may we carry your light to others and wait in joyful hope for the time when we will celebrate in the Eternal light of Heaven. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen

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