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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 9:57-62)

(Week 26 of the year: Wednesday)

I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.

And it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him: I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father.

And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.

And another said: I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house.

Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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BE FAITHFUL TO THE CROSS

“The Eternal Father has designed the crosses of His adopted children from all eternity, as He designed that of His only Son; hence the importance of schooling ourselves to bear them faithfully.

Many souls accept them tranquilly at first, for they are prepared for them by the grace of prayers, and have often desired them in the sweetness of loving fervour.

But, because they are but ill formed in the school of crucified love, listening too readily to nature and the senses, which cry out, as the Jews did to our Saviour, to descend from the cross, they seek, later on, some means of escaping from it.

They bear it unwillingly giving way to interior murmurings which render them unworthy of the favour of heaven, and deprive them of the sweet fruit of this tree of life.

This misfortune is often the result of paying too much attention to our sufferings, and thinking too much of ourselves.

Happy is the crucified soul, who only contemplates his crosses in God, whence they derive their beauty, and whose ears are opened only to the voice of the Beloved, who sends them!”
– St Alphonsus Liguori

 

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