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<< Thursday, March 1, 2001 >>
 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
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Psalm 1 Luke 9:22-25
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WHAT IS YOUR CROSS TODAY?

 
"Jesus said to all: 'Whoever wishes to be My follower must deny His very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in My steps.' " —Luke 9:23
 

The meaning of life and of Lent is to be and make disciples for Jesus. His plan is to send us to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19). To be Jesus' disciples, we must do nothing less than to lose our lives for His sake (Lk 9:24). Disciples "live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who for their sakes died and was raised up" (2 Cor 5:15; see also Gal 2:20). We lose our lives and thereby save them by denying ourselves (Lk 9:23). Self-denial is done in many ways, but the key to godly self-denial and Christian discipleship is the recognition and acceptance of our daily cross (Lk 9:23).

The daily cross is:

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize your daily cross for each of the first ten days of Lent. Bearing these crosses is the key to Christian self-denial and to discipleship.

 
Prayer: Father, may I be such a disciple that I will make disciples this Lent who will themselves make other disciples.
Promise: "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life." —Dt 30:19
Praise: After Carolyn finished RCIA, the program to inquire into the Catholic faith, she invited her mother to her Bible study.
 
(For related teaching, order our book, The Challenge of Making Disciples in a "Culture of Death".)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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