O Jesus, in time of trial, do not let me turn my back on you.
Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.
Having told the disciples that he will suffer, die and rise, Jesus gathers the crowd. He explains that if they become his disciples, sufferings will also be in their lives. If they are ashamed of Jesus in persecutions, Jesus must be ashamed of them when He comes in glory.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Before becoming a disciple, people must understand the need to deny themselves and take up their cross.
- Jesus explains the reason. Others will persecute them. If they have not accepted the cross, they will fail the test.
- Jesus speaks of earthly life and heavenly life. Whoever saves his earthly life, will lose his heavenly glory. Whoever loses his earthly life, saves his heavenly glory.
- Jesus compares gaining the whole world with losing our soul. What profit is that?
- Jesus stresses shame. If the disciples are ashamed of him during their lifetime, then he must be ashamed of them when he comes in glory.
- Some will soon see this glory. This is the next scene, Jesus’ Transfiguration.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, I so much want to be your disciple. Whatever the cost, I will pay it.
- O Jesus, What is time compared to eternity?
- What is my earthly life compared to your heavenly glory?
- Jesus, I never want you to be ashamed of me.
- If I am faithful, you will come and clothe me in your glory.
- Yes, I will see your glory. You have promised me.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will see earthly life as passing away.
+ I will meditate on the heavenly glory awaiting me.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?