Just a short quote from Father Richard Rohr, OFM, related to today’s Gospel:
The phrase “Take up your cross” has been softened by usage. We’ve all heard it since we’ve been kids. We don’t get the punch of it anymore. The cross is not simply enduring your hangnail for the day for the love of Jesus, or putting up with the inconvenience that your air-conditioner doesn’t work. That’s what it’s become in affluent societies. The “cross” in the New Testament is precisely the suffering that comes into our lives by the choices we make for the Kingdom.
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