The Cross and the Way of the Gospel
Sunday, August 30, 2020
In this weekend’s Gospel from St. Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” St. Paul urges the Romans in the second reading to “offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.” Neither author intended that a person could only please God through a martyr’s death but rather that everything they do, every moment of their lives, can be an act of love for God. By seeking to save one’s life, it will be lost. By giving away one’s life, it will be saved. As disciples, we are called to take on the mind of God, to think not as humans do. So often our human priorities are misplaced, focused on our temporary well-being and the praises of our peers. Jesus reminds us that God is our true audience. When we think as God does, we will know that loss means finding, denying one’s self is complete fulfillment, and death leads to life. How do you offer your life up to God – as an act of worship? Join me in prayer, especially for our students, teachers, and school staff as they begin the new school year and for Erin Dwyer as she begins her ministry as Pastoral Associate at Lourdes.
Have a blessed week!