Day 8: Carrying Our Cross

Christ-Accepts-Cross-400Word of God: Acts 27:1-44

Reflection: St. Paul risked his life on more than one occasion. This did not mean that he did not hope for a quiet life. However his love for Christ and his neighbor motivated him to go on further and further, proclaiming the gospel. How much are we willing to suffer for Christ?

Quote of the Day: But this is the path. Without the Cross the Christian style is not Christian, and if the Cross is a Cross without Jesus, it is not Christian. The Christian style takes the Cross with Jesus and goes forward – not without the Cross, not without Jesus. -Pope Francis

Meaning of Leaders of Faith: How do I understand Christ’s words: “If anyone would come after me, let him take up his cross and follow me” (Mk 8:34)? To what extent am I ready and willing to carry the cross of my daily obligations in regard to my faith…..?

Prayer: Having put on the breastplate of faith and having armed yourself with the cross as a sword, you showed yourselves to be mighty warriors. You courageously opposed the persecutors, destroyed the deception of the devil, and victorious, you were granted crowns. Pray ever in our behalf that our souls be saved. -Octoechos, Tone 8

 

Missionary Task: Let us pray that we accept our different difficulties and challenges in life according to God’s way, with joy, knowing that we are not alone, but that our Lord Jesus Christ walks with us every step of the way.

Check it out:  The cross is not an instrument of torture and death for those who embrace it, but the source of joy and life. That doesn’t make carrying our cross easy… it just makes it worth it. We have to see the cross in the light of the Resurrection or else we are missing the whole point. Just one of the reasons I love this song…  Christ is Risen by Matt Maher

 

 

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