Gospel Reading-Luke 9:18-22

One of the greatest challenges the disciples of Jesus faced was accepting that His mission involved suffering and even death. And to make matters worse, His death was a really horrible one — crucifixion. This challenge is similar for all disciples of Jesus as we embrace the suffering in our lives and that of others as we minister to them. We need to meditate daily on the sufferings of Christ according to Alphonsus Ligouri, the founder of the Redemptorists. Why? So that we will know that suffering is not the end, but a means to an end, which is salvation.

Luke 9:18-22

18 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ ” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” 21 He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. 22 He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

my reflections
think: Suffering is not the end, but a means to an end, which is salvation.


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