The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Within reach

Sunday, September 16, 2012
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time—B

Isaiah 50:5-9a
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35
From this morning's Gospel commentary at Vigils:

When the Lord tells us in the Gospel that anyone who wants to be his follower must renounce himself, the injunction seems harsh; we think he is imposing a burden on us. But an order is no burden when it is given by one who helps in carrying it out. To what place are we to follow Christ if not where he has already gone? We know that he has risen and ascended into heaven; there, then, we must follow him. There is no cause for despair—by ourselves we can do nothing, but we have Christ's promise. Heaven was beyond our reach before our Head ascended there, but now, if we are his members, why should we despair of arriving there ourselves? True, many fears and afflictions confront us in this world; but if we follow Christ, we shall reach a place of perfect happiness, perfect peace, and everlasting freedom from fear.

One who claims to abide in Christ ought to walk as he walked. Would you follow Christ? Then be humble as he was humble. Do not scorn his lowliness if you want to reach his exaltation. Human sin made the road rough. Christ’s resurrection has leveled it. By passing over it himself he transformed the narrowest of tracks into a royal highway.

Two feet are necessary to run along this highway; they are humility and charity. Everyone wants to get to the top. Well, the first step to take is humility. Why take strides that are too big for you—do you want to fall instead of going up? Begin with the first step, humility, and you will already be climbing.

-- St. Caesarius of Arles

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