Thursday, February 26, 2009

Today's Gospel is all you need....

Luke 9: 22-25 
Jesus said to his disciples, "The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised."  Then he said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose for forfeit himself?"

If we could only do this - pick up the cross He has given us and proceed up the road.  We will fall - facing the rejection He himself endured.  We will fall, again and again.  But we will pick up and continue.  

Living a life of virtue is a struggle.  We know this.  On many days we fall into bed battered and bruised from all the mistakes we will make, but still we walk.  

The difference is loving the fight and never the fall.  He knows we will fall and sends grace and the angels to watch over and protect us when we do.  But He watches and sees if we will arise - that is our choice.  Will we rise and try again or will we stay in the muck and refuse.

Let us give Him cause for joy and rise to walk again.

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