Daily Dying

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 09/14/2018

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time Cycle-B

September 16, 2018

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” (Mk 8: 34b)

Daily Dying

Spent as spilt water,

I hang upon my daily cross

Mouth gaped, open wide,

Parched throat, parched tongue crying,

“God, do not forsake me.”


Like Christ, I commend my spirit,

My old self—selfish and sinful.

Take, Lord, receive the old me.

And in my daily dying,

Rebirth me to new life—free

For new dying and new rebirth

Until refreshed be my heart eternally.


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why does Peter react to Jesus prediction of his death?
  2. Why is it necessary to suffer and take up our daily crosses?
  3. Name some of the crosses people have to take up each day?
  4. What comparison can you make between today’s reading and parable of the seed?
  5. When is it most difficult for you to take up the cross of Jesus?
  6. How can you help those who are suffering loss of homes, life’s earnings and country?
  7. How is today’s gospel connected with the Beatitudes?

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