Sixth Friday of Ordinary Time

Sixth Friday of Ordinary Time
February 21, 2020

WORD of the DAY

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said* to them, “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 and that of the gospel will save it. (Mark 8: 34-35)

How shall I live this Word?

Today the word of Jesus reaches that very intimate and delicate chord that is the survival instinct, with which nature has endowed us to protect us from the dangers that in many forms can threaten our daily lives. Compared to a decision to be made, a program, a choice, there is something in us that always makes us put our hands ahead. And we say: “Yes! But up to a point! … “.
It is true, it is part of our nature, to be prudent and provident! Is it possible that Jesus’ message can also get wedged in this narrow slit that separates common sense from religious passion? In reality, He knows well that our Christianity is at risk of diluting itself, without our realizing it, in the worldly and relativistic mentality that rejects Christian salvation. According to this mentality, which we know well, everything can be accepted! Provided, however, in the end, we are always the winners, remain preserved, unharmed, protagonists, absolute sovereigns! We are also willing to make some effort, as long as nobody in the end prevents us from looking in the mirror, to compliment ourselves for the beautiful performance.

Today I intend to commit myself to something good, even though I know in advance that nobody will thank me. I will do it only for love of the word of my Teacher.

The voice of Paolo Borsellino, Magistrate
Those who fear die every day. Those who do not fear die only once.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili

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