Sunday, September 16, 2018
Today, in Mercy, our Sunday readings increase in dramatic tone. The passage from Isaiah describes a Savior bent on his mission despite mounting resistance and expressed hatred.
Psalm 116 describes a person set upon by suffering and death threats, still trusting in the Lord’s saving grace.
In the Epistle, James says we must demonstrate our faith by our works — by putting our money where our mouth is.
And in our Gospel, Jesus says we do this by following him, denying ourselves and taking up our cross.
This is heavy stuff. Jesus wants us to be like him — and it would be so much easier not to be! It would be so much easier to think that our life is all about ourselves, and that we have no responsibility for Beloved Creation.
It would be so much easier not to give our lives to Christ to allow Him to bless the world through our love.
But if we wish to “save” our lives like this, we will — in the end — lose them for eternity.
Let us pray today for the grace to take our life and lay it down over the Cross of Christ.
In that laying down, to conform ourselves to the pattern of his love, to place the weight of our burdens and hopes on the crossbeam of his strength
Let us ask for the strength to live
- for God
- for others
- for good in the world
- and never for self when it injures or lessens others or our Sacred Home.
This is the way we will keep our lives in Christ.
Music: Take Up Your Cross – David Haas