Gospel and Meditation for Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Christ Carrying the Cross is a 1580 painting by El Greco, produced early in his Toledo period in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The painting depicts Christ’s sacrifice for mankind as represented by his gentle embrace of the cross and his heavenward gaze.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9,22-25.

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?”

 

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity

A Gift for God: prayers and meditations

Lord, help us to see in your crucifixion and resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life, so that we may live more fully and creatively. You accepted patiently and humbly the rebuffs of human life, as well as the tortures of your crucifixion and passion. Help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunities to grow as people and become more like you. Enable us to go through them patiently and bravely, trusting that you will support us. Make us realize that it is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self-centred desires that we can come to live more fully; for it is only by dying with you that we can rise with you.

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1 Response to Gospel and Meditation for Thursday after Ash Wednesday

  1. Ihagh G. T. says:

    👍👍👍… an eternal lesson of sacrifice for everyone

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