Posted by: frburke23 | August 7, 2015

Thought for Friday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 16:24-28

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?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here
who will not taste death
until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

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Today people who study marketing would say that Jesus was not a good marketer. Just imagine receiving this pep talk from Jesus… “Ok, if you want to follow me you must deny yourself and take up your cross. You are going to have to lose your life in order to save it. People may persecute you, imprison you or even kill you because of me. But come follow me.”

Most people today would run the other way, and they do. In a world dominated by secularism, materialism and selfishness, these words sound crazy. Why would someone willingly deny himself and take up the cross?  That would be painful. And we do not like pain. We want the easy and comfortable life.

We just finished a wonderful seminarian retreat with Fr. Paul Murray. We talked a lot about surrendering our lives to Christ and trusting His will for us. We know that it is not going to be easy, but this kind of life is worth every moment of sacrifice. Jesus promised that if we give up home, family and country for His sake, we would receive a reward in this life and in the life to come, with persecution.

Anyone who has sacrificed for Jesus Christ has experienced this. The Lord does not abandon us and we can never outdo Him in generosity. I have found that the Lord blessed me more than I can possibly give to others. And the irony is that when I give everything to Jesus, I receive more than I can possibly imagine. I find true fulfillment and peace, and other are blessed in the process.

Are you able to deny yourself?

Do you seek the pleasures of this life that can be so fleeting?

Or do you seek the treasures that last?

Faith, hope and love are what endure, and the greatest of these is love. Love is seeking the good of the other person.  It does not seek its own interests. It is laying down your life for others.

How can you love even more today?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Spanish translation:

Mateo 16:24-28
En aquel tiempo, Jesus dijo a sus discípulos: “El que quiera venir conmigo, que renuncie a sí mismo, que tome su cruz y me siga. Pues el que quiera salvar su vida, la perderá; pero el que pierda su vida por mí, la encontrará. De qué le sirve a uno ganar el mundo entero, si pierde su vida? Y qué podra dar uno a cambio para recobrarla?

Porque el Hijo del hombre ha de venir rodeado de la gloria de su Padre, en companía de sus angeles, y entonces dará a cada uno lo que merecen sus obras.

Yo les aseguro que algunos de los aquí presentes no moriran, sin haber visto primero llegar al Hijo del hombre como rey”.

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Hoy en día las personas que estudian mercadeo dirían que Jesus no era un buen vendedor. Imagina recibir esta charla de Jesus… “Ok, si quieres seguirme debes negarte a ti mismo y toma tu cruz. Vas a tener que perder tu vida para salvarla. La gente puede perseguirte, encarcelarte o incluso matarte por mi culpa. Pero ven y sígueme”.

La mayoría de las personas hoy en día correrian hacia otro lado, y lo hacen. En un mundo dominado por el secularismo, el materialismo y el egoísmo, estas palabras suenan locas. Por qué alguien voluntariamente renunciaría a sí mismo y tomaría la cruz? Eso sería doloroso. Y no nos gusta el dolor. Queremos la vida facil y comoda.

Acabamos de terminar un maravilloso retiro con los seminaristas y con el Padre Paul Murray .  Hablamos mucho sobre la entrega de nuestras vidas a Cristo y confiando en Su voluntad para nosotros. Sabemos que no va a ser facil, pero este tipo de vida vale la pena cada momento de sacrificio. Jesus prometio que si renunciamos al hogar, la familia y el país por su causa, nos darían una recompensa en esta vida y en la vida futura, con persecucion.

Cualquiera que se ha sacrificado por   Jesucristo ha   experimentado esto.   El Senor   no nos abandona   y nunca   se le puede superar en generosidad. He encontrado que el Senor me bendijo mas de lo que yo posiblemente puedo dar a los demas. Y la ironía es que cuando le doy todo a Jesus, recibo mas de lo que puedo imaginar. Encuentro verdadera plenitud y paz, y otros son bendecidos en el proceso.

Eres capaz de negarte a ti mismo?
Buscas los placeres de esta vida, que pueden ser tan fugaz?

O buscas los tesoros que duran?

La fe, la esperanza y el amor son lo que perdura, y el mas grande de ellos es el amor. El amor es buscar el bien de la otra persona. No busca sus propios intereses. Es dar tu vida por los demas.

Como puedes amar hoy aun mas?

Tengan un día bendecido!
Padre Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


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