February 14, Sts. Cyril and Methodius
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. — Psalm 40:5a
Mass Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20/Luke 9:22-25
Carrying My Cross
As I grew up in a small town in Oregon it was easy to believe that everyone was Catholic. Although “none of the above” is the most popular religion in Oregon, this town had a sizable Catholic population. Because I attended both Catholic grade school and high school, most people I knew were Catholic. It was in this isolated 1950s to early 1960s world that I learned what Catholics do.
But I must have been dozing the day my teachers covered Jesus’ words from today’s Gospel: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 6:23). Now that I know these words my challenge is to transform them into words I live by and then continuing to do that each day.
Prayer: Jesus, may I follow You each day without complaining.
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