Friday, 4 September 2015

In love, for love.

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister (No.155)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 16:24-28
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.”

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Does the idea of being challenged make you uncomfortable, nervous, afraid, reluctant or squeamish? Or does it bring feelings of excitement and anticipation in the face of something new coming about? Perhaps it depends on who is doing the challenging, or what you are being challenged about.
Today it is Jesus who issues a firm challenge when he calls his followers to deny themselves and take up their cross. In effect, he is telling us that this is the way to an authentic relationship with him. 

How will you respond? In what ways might you need to step out of your comfort zone so that you can embrace the call to be a disciple?
Am I too busy to find time to pray? 
Is there a difficult person in my family, at work or elsewhere that I am being called to reach out to? 
Am I being invited to grow in patience, humility, positivity or….? 
Is there something I need to give up?
In the midst of whatever way you may be called to take up your cross, remember that Jesus challenges us in love, and for love. He challenges us so that we can experience greater freedom, and discover what it really means to live.  And we can be sure that he who carried his own cross is with us no matter what.

What is one practical way I can respond to this challenge from Jesus this week? 

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Sr Melanie MGL Sister