Matthew 16: 21, 24-28
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?
Or what will they give in return for their life?“ For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
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But now in Christ Jesus you who were far off have become near by the Blood of Christ. [Ephesians 2:13]
Missionaries! What drives them to leave home, go far away, enter radically different cultures, to bring the gospel where it isn’t? I have friends who are modern-day missionaries. They live in Africa, Russia, Bosnia. They had to learn new languages and now endure difficult climates, both political and natural. They bring food, medicine, and Jesus to places that rarely see these three. Daily they put themselves in harm’s way, as did Isaac Jogues and his Jesuit companions in their martyrdom. And they’d rather die than quit!
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignan spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, teach me what it means when you warn “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Enlighten me to the type of choices I will make, to the sacrifices I will endure, and to the principles I will stand for that will bring me through loss to life. And, Lord, let me not be deceived by that which could boost my ego, enhance my financial status, or elevate my image at the price of distancing myself from you. With hope-filled anticipation I trust that you will accompany me as I strive to be a force for good at home, work, and in my personal life.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!