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Friday, February 17, 2017

Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection February 17, 2017

Your daily Gospel reflection...
Friday, February 17, 2017
6th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
Mark 8:34-9:1
Friends, in today's Gospel we discover the true cost of discipleship. The Lord says that whoever wishes to come after him must "deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." Notice please that this is not simply a question of accepting suffering that happens to befall us. This is not simply a Stoic resignation. Jesus is telling us to actively take up our crosses, to seek them out, to carry them as Jesus willingly carried his.

What Jesus did on the cross was to bear the burden of the world's sin. He bore others' burdens in love. And this is what we must do too, actively seeking out ways to lighten other people's loads. And then the great paradox: "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel* will save it."

When we cling and grasp, we lose; when we let go in radical love, we find. Close your fist on your life and it crumbles to the dust; open your hand and let it go, and it grows tenfold.

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