May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080516.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct. Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

“…he will repay each according to his conduct.” Scary words. How has your conduct been? We have to follow the commandments of the Lord and we will be judged accordingly. What will you volunteer for Heaven or hell?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always follow your commandments, so I may be judged well at the end. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray Amen!

It is I who deal death and give life.

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