The Cross as Invitation to be a Gift

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Sundries | 0 comments

The Cross as Invitation to be a Gift

Today’s Gospel reading from Luke reminds us: “If anyone wishes to come after me,he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

LECTIO Meditatio: Today Jesus reveals one of the paradoxes of the Christian message: to save your life you must lose it. Following Christ is a death to be sure: the death to self, to old patterns of thinking, acting and speaking but it is also the path of LIFE! Taking up our Cross isn’t reduced to embracing suffering and spiritual death, it is also recovering the other paradoxical meaning of the Cross: The Cross as a GIFT of self to others. On the Cross, Jesus made a full, free, faithful and fruitful gift of Himself to the world. When we take up our Cross we are invited to do the same.

Look for opportunities today and throughout Lent to give yourself away in love to others, and in so doing reveal the Power of the Cross in your life.

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