Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection February 15, 2024


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R/. Blessed the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

V/. Glory and praise to you, O Christ

R/. Glory and praise to you, O Christ

V/. Repent, says the Lord, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

R/. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

1.      Many people today possess many things. But there is one thing that is drastically lacking. That is wisdom. Wisdom is not mere intelligence and knowledge. It is the essential inner capacity to distinguish, discern, and decide

2.      It is between good and evil, blessing and curse, life and death, true God and false gods. It enables one to lose one’s life for the sake of the Lord instead of gaining and preserving it for the sake of the world. It realizes that it is no use to gain the whole world but lose one’s own self.

3.      Wisdom thus makes a fundamental option for God. It strives ever to obey God, love Him, cling to Him, walk in His ways, and keep His commandments, His statutes, and His rules.

4.      In the gospel, in Jesus’ own words, it would be a threefold way of life of a disciple: to deny the self, to take up the cross, and to follow the Lord. In fact, this triple path is the way of the cross.

5.      This is the way of the cross of the disciple which is actually the replica of the way of the cross of the Lord. The Lord’s suffering and death are the climax and summing up of an entire life of self-denial, cross-bearing, and doing God’s will.

6.      A follower of Christ has no other way except the way of the master. We must renounce all the self-centrism and self-interests; we must retrench all the layers of the ego, the false self. We must accept and bear patiently and perseveringly all our daily crosses and difficulties. We must constantly imitate the Lord in his virtues and mission with untiring zeal and commitment.

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