Friday, September 11, 2015

Taking Up the Cross: The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the latest installment in my series of reflections on the Sunday Readings, I explore the meaning of the words "Take up your cross and follow me."

By telling us to “take up” our cross, Jesus isn’t saying that we have to meekly endure unfair treatment and suffering or embrace a blind, “offer it up” sort of spirituality. And, while they may be opportunities for grace, illness, sad events, and even disasters aren’t “the cross.” There is nothing particularly Christian about many of the challenges we face in daily life. Finally, we can never silently or blindly accept abuse or injustice as being the will of God. Jesus rejected these and so should we. Instead, “the cross” that we are to carry is the sacrifices, trials, and hardships that can be a consequence of placing our faith and hope in him and of living according to his teaching.

To read the full reflection, click here.

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