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From: Luke 9:22-25

First Prophecy of the Passion


(Jesus said to His disciples), [22] “The Son of Man must suffer many things,
and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and
on the third day be raised.”

The Need for Self-Denial


[23] And He said to all, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow Me. [24] For whoever would save his life
will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake, he will save it. [25] For what
does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”

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Commentary:

22. Jesus prophesied His passion and death in order to help His disciples be-
lieve in Him. It also showed that He was freely accepting these sufferings He
would undergo. “Christ did not seek to be glorified: He chose to come without
glory in order to undergo suffering; and you, who have been born without glory,
do you wish to be glorified? The route you must take is the one Christ took.
This means recognizing Him and it means imitating Him both in His ignominy
and in His good repute; thus you will glory in the Cross, which was His path
to glory. That was what Paul did, and therefore he gloried in saying, ‘Far be it
from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Galatians 6:14)”
(St. Ambrose, “Expositio Evangelii Sec. Lucam, in loc.”).

23. “Christ is saying this again, to us, whispering it in our ears: the cross each
day. As St. Jerome puts it: ‘Not only in time of persecution or when we have the
chance of martyrdom, but in all circumstances, in everything we do and think, in
everything we say, let us deny what we used to be and let us confess what we
now are, reborn as we have been in Christ’ (”Epistola” 121, 3) [...]. Do you see?
The daily cross. No day without a cross; not a single day in which we are not to
carry the cross of the Lord, in which we are not to accept His yoke” (St. J. Es-
criva, “Christ Is Passing By”, 58 and 176). “There is no doubt about it: a person
who loves pleasure, who seeks comfort, who flies from anything that might spell
suffering, who is over-anxious, who complains, who blames and who becomes
impatient at the least little thing which does not go his way—a person like that
is a Christian only in name; he is only a dishonor to his religion for Jesus Christ
has said so: Anyone who wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and
take up his cross every day of his life, and follow Me” (St. John Mary Vianney,
“Selected Sermons”, Ash Wednesday).

The Cross should be present not only in the life of every Christian but also at
the crossroads of the world: “How beautiful are those crosses on the summits
of high mountains, and crowning great monuments, and on the pinnacles of ca-
thedrals...! But the Cross must also be inserted in the very heart of the world.

“Jesus wants to be raised on high, there in the noise of the factories and work-
shops, in the silence of libraries, in the loud clamor of the streets, in the still-
ness of the fields, in the intimacy of the family, in crowded gatherings, in stadi-
ums.... Wherever there is a Christian striving to lead an honorable life, he should,
with his love, set up the Cross of Christ, who attracts all things to Himself” (St.
J. Escriva, “The Way of the Cross”, XI, 3).

25. By this radical statement Jesus teaches us to do everything with a view to
eternal life: it is well worth while to devote our entire life on earth to attaining eter-
nal life. “We have been warned that it profits man nothing if he gains the whole
world and loses or forfeits himself. Far from diminishing our concern to develop
this earth, the expectance of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the
body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is
to come. That is why, although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress
clearly from the increase of the Kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital con-
cern to the Kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of
human society” (Vatican II, “Gaudium Et Spes”, 39).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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To: All
Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass


First reading Deuteronomy 30:15-20 ©
Moses said to the people: ‘See, today I set before you life and prosperity, death and disaster. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I enjoin on you today, if you love the Lord your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws, his customs, you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to make your own. But if your heart strays, if you refuse to listen, if you let yourself be drawn into worshipping other gods and serving them, I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today: I set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live, in the love of the Lord your God, obeying his voice, clinging to him; for in this your life consists, and on this depends your long stay in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he would give them.’

Psalm Psalm 1:1-4,6 ©
Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.
Happy indeed is the man
  who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
  nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
  and who ponders his law day and night.
Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.
He is like a tree that is planted
  beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
  and whose leaves shall never fade;
  and all that he does shall prosper.
Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.
Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
  shall be driven away by the wind.
for the Lord guards the way of the just
  but the way of the wicked leads to doom.
Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation Ps50:12,14
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
A pure heart create for me, O God,
and give me again the joy of your help.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
Or Mt4:17
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
Repent, says the Lord,
for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!

Gospel Luke 9:22-25 ©
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’
  Then to all he said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it. What gain, then, is it for a man to have won the whole world and to have lost or ruined his very self?’

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