Prayer of the Day

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

February 19th, 2015
""If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him/her renounce himself and take up his cross."" Luke 9 : 22

All the riches of the world are nothing in comparison to the glory of communion and life with God.  Today in the liturgy,  Jesus teaches that in order to attain this union with him,  we must be willing to deny ourselves and follow in his footsteps.  By dying to our selfish desires and to our own will,  the life of Christ can dwell within us.  Today’s scripture touches on the same point.  Jesus is not telling us that we have to go through a certain amount of suffering in order to please him.  Rather,  he is telling us that if we are to be his followers,  our lives will,  unavoidably involve us doing things we do not want to do out of love for others and out of love for him.  It is so tempting to spiritualize the command to “take up your cross” and follow the Lord.  It means letting go of things we cherish the most.  Just as it was Jesus’ destiny to die,  so too it is our destiny.  We cannot escape the call to die to self and live for God,  for it is only in dying that we rise to new life.  As Cardinal Newman said; “To take up the cross of Christ consists in the continual practice of small duties which are distasteful to us.”

Prayer Lord God, help me to approach this season of Lent with the right heart and mind. Amen