August 7, 2020
St. Sixtus II and Companions; St. Cajetan
Accentuate the Positive
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?"
My Spanish student of a son made an interesting discovery: slipping into a character improved his accent, fluency and confidence. By taking on a role, and speaking as a random Honduran or Mexican guy, improved his accent dramatically.
The life of a disciple, which, we are promised, involves sacrifice and suffering, seems impossible sometimes. St. Paul reminds us how it becomes possible: by becoming. In baptism, we took on the character of Christ. As Paul says, daily we conform ourselves, we take on the mind of Christ. We let him fill us. Losing ourselves, taking on the character of Christ, we become fluent in this real Christian life.
Jesus, conform my heart and soul to yours so I might carry my cross as you did, with love.
- Amy Welborn
Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7|Deuteronomy 32:35-36, 39, 41|Matthew 16:24-28