Happy Sunday to everyone !

Every Sunday, our Lord’s day is always special because it reminds us of the supreme gift of Easter, the gift of Salvation, where life triumphs over death. It is the fruit of The Lord Jesus willingness to come to Earth, become a man, live the ordinary life of a carpenter’s son, and suffer and die in the hands of the Church authorities.

Which is in fact our theme for today: Love Implies Sacrifice.

Let’s see The Lord’s determination to carry the load of His missionary sacrifice in the Gospel reading today:

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
MJesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
(Matthew 16:21-27)

Love to be true, effective and long lasting will always need a sacrifice:

a. Not allowing your pride to surface, instead accepting your mistake in humility really makes The Lord happy.
b. Parents doing many sacrifices for their children.
c. Priests obeying their vow of celibacy for the sake of the mission.
d. Foregoing to hold your birthday party and instead you give the budget to a calamity fund.
e. Accepting a government position of lower pay for the sake of serving your country.
f. Helping your brothers and sisters go to school because your father is a drunkcard.
g. The dedication of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to share love to the poor in the slums.
h. Sharing of your hardearned income to the less fortunate.
i. Paying for the jeepney fair of a fellow passenger who happen to forget to bring his wallet.
j. Giving a welcome smile to a new employee even if you don’t feel well that morning.
k. Closing your lips tight in gossiping even though you longed to tell it to someone, all for the sake of The Lord’s mission.
l. Ninoy Aquino’s determination to come home to the Philippines although he knew his life was in danger.
m. Jose Rizal’s determination to published his two books although he knew his life was at risk.
n. The many sacrifices of our OFW brothers and sisters for their families back home.
o. Holding your lips for what you want to say because it is not pleasing to The Lord and instead follow the leading of The Holy Spirit.
p. Mothers working as household helps to support their children back home.
q. Although you are really busy, you force yourself to allocate time for love of others.

But The Lord never forget those who made sacrifices for others. He has for them a special kind of joy that only the person concerned will understand. And later He has for them a reward of a hundredfoldy.

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