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Just a note to all of you who follow Dr. Eowyn’s Sunday devotional, there are Catholic mass services on TV every Sunday. The one we watch in the Austin area is on TV Station 54 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Check your TV guide.
The priest shared an experience he had – while driving with another priest to a location to present mass – the traffic was heavy and he suddenly realized that he was so close to the car in front of him that he could read the bumper sticker on the car and it read: ARE YOU THIS CLOSE TO GOD?
Have any of you had that same reflection which has to do with letting your ‘EGO” take over in your life and leave God out of your life? Think about it?
Now on to the devotional:
Sunday Devotional: Take up your cross and follow Him
Posted on June 28, 2020 by Dr. Eowyn
Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
What a grim reading for today.
For the first time, Jesus predicts His impending persecution, terrible suffering, and death by execution. Then, He warns that being His follower is not a path of roses, but one of self-abnegation and suffering:
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
Christians actually have had it good in America, compared to both the early Church and the many persecuted Christians across the world today, especially in the Middle East where Christianity is near extinction. See:
90,000 martyred make Christians the most persecuted group in 2016
9 of 10 most dangerous countries to be a Christian are Muslim
U.S. Catholic bishops call persecution of Christians in Middle East a genocide
Attacked by Muslims, Christianity is going extinct in the Middle East
But the days of the comfortable U.S. Christian are rapidly fading, as the light of Christ dims in post-Christian and Left-radicalized America. See:
Report confirms government hostility to Christianity spiked under Obama
Bernie Sanders: Faithful Christians are racist bigots, unfit for public office
Oregon shooter singled out Christians for slaughter
New Illinois child & family policy discriminates against Christians who are not pro-LGBT
Northern Arizona U. prof. Heather Martel orders student to stop reading Bible before class
Christian student punished for disagreeing with militant atheist professor
Florida’s Rollins College suspends student for disagreeing with Muslim instructor who said Jesus’ crucifixion was a hoax
Texas teacher gives ‘F’ grade to students who refuse to say God is a myth
‘Higher Education’: Rutgers prof – Christian conservatives worship ‘a*e’ God and ‘white supremacist Jesus’
Homosexual director of ‘Beauty and Beast’ wants to rip the Bible to pieces
Whoopi Goldberg, the woman who named herself after farting, says Christians are just as dangerous as Muslims
U.S. Air Force assaults veteran for mentioning God
Homosexuals threaten to burn down Christian bakers’ house and sodomize their son
Christian daycare workers fired for refusing to call a little girl a boy
No matter what the future brings, we are to heed the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
In the meantime, we take strength and solace from our Lord’s words and promise:
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? . . . For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
May the peace and strength of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,