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<< Thursday, July 25, 2002 >> St. James
 
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
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Psalm 126 Matthew 20:20-28
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THE CONTINUAL, CONSTANT CROSS

 
"Continually we carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus." —2 Corinthians 4:10
 

Although James and John wanted prosperity and success, Jesus wanted them to take up the cross (see Mt 20:22ff). Jesus invites us not only to suffer in the pattern of His death (Phil 3:10) but even to be crucified with Him (see Gal 2:19). Furthermore, He calls us to make the cross not only an occasional moment in our lives but to "continually...carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus" (2 Cor 4:10), to  "constantly"  be "delivered to death for Jesus' sake" (2 Cor 4:11). We are tempted to make our crosses as rare as possible. But Jesus wants our crosses to be constant.

When we not only take up the daily cross (Lk 9:23) but also continually and constantly live the cross, we paradoxically reveal "in our bodies the life of Jesus" (2 Cor 4:10). As a grain of wheat which falls to the earth and dies, we bear much fruit (Jn 12:24). We also find joy as we share Christ's sufferings (Col 1:24; 1 Pt 4:13). In joyful fruitfulness, continually and constantly live the cross.

 
Prayer: "We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world" (St. Francis of Assisi).
Promise: "Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest, and whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all." —Mt 20:26-27
Praise: St. James ran from the crucifixion, but after He received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, he gave his life in martyrdom for Christ.
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Crucified to the World on audio AV 40A-3 or video V-40A.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 2001
 
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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