March 7 – Thursday
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Gospel: LK 9:22-25 – Take up your cross daily and follow Christ
When Jesus predicted his passion, his disciples were dismayed. Rejection and crucifixion meant defeat and condemnation, not victory and freedom. How could Jesus' self-denial, suffering and death lead to victory and life?
Through his obedience to his Father's will, Jesus reversed the curse of Adam's disobedience. His death on the cross won pardon for the guilty, freedom for the oppressed, healing for the afflicted, and new life for those condemned to death. His death makes possible our freedom to live as sons and daughters of God.
Surrender to God and he will fill you with his Spirit
There's a certain paradox in God's economy. We lose what we gain, and we gain what we lose. When we try to run our life our own way, we end up losing it to futility. Only God can free us from our ignorance and sinful ways.
Prayer: (all together)
(Prayer from The Grail)
Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work. I give you my feet to go your way. I give you my eyes to see as you do. I give you my tongue to speak your words. I give you my mind that you may think in me. I give you my spirit that you may pray in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me, I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me. Amen