Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021116.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all, “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. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”
Are you willing to deny yourself the things of the world, for the sake of eternal life? If you follow the world your life is worth nothing, for the world has nothing of value to offer you. But if you die to the world and follow Christ you will earn life everlasting. The choice is yours.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to die to you daily. Forgive me when I fail and help me to pick up the pieces and start again. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.