Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will perform some corporal work of mercy today
Heavenly Father, help me to seek the things that are
above. Help me to seek the things that last forever, so that all the things that I do may give you
glory and help my brothers and sisters to grow closer to you, who live and reign with Christ, your
Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
give me the courage to take up my cross and follow in the footsteps of your Son.
Friends of the Cross:
There are many Christians that are willing to be friends with Jesus in
good times. However, there are very few Christians that are true friends of Jesus, who embrace the
cross at all times, even in the bad. Of course, it is never easy to be a friend of the cross, but
who wants to be a fair-weather fan of Jesus and his Gospel? Our Christian lives are a constant
battle. We should never forget that. We all are tempted to escape from the reality of our situation
from time to time. Nevertheless, whoever perseveres until the end will be saved and have a fruitful
life. We can't expect to have a glorious eternity full of celebration and joy if we don't shed some
blood, sweat and tears here on earth for the sake of Christ and the good of our brothers and
2. Money Can't Buy You Love:
"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?" In other
words, Jesus is saying that it doesn't matter how much money you make, or what kind of car you
drive, or what kind of clothes you wear, or what kind of degree you have. You might spend your whole
life trying to earn millions of dollars and amass all sorts of luxuries and securities, but you will
have done all this in vain. You will have missed out on the true meaning of life and the true
treasure of love. Don't make the mistake of constantly trying to make life easier and more
comfortable for yourself. You will only end up being hopelessly miserable and extremely
3. Paybacks Are Tough:
"For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his
Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct." It is clear that Jesus
will not let us into heaven just because we say we believe in him. He also makes this clear in other
teachings throughout the Gospels. Faith alone is not sufficient to be saved. Even Satan and his
devils believe and shudder (cf. James 2:19). Let us reflect on the words of Saint James for further
insight: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?
Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to
them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,' and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what
is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead" (James 2:14-17).
Conversation with Christ:
I pledge allegiance to the cross and to the holy,
Catholic Church; and to the Kingdom for which it stands: One Body in Jesus Christ,
everlasting life, with forgiveness and freedom from sin.
perform some corporal work of mercy today. ("The corporal works of mercy consist especially in
feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned,
and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to
fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God" [Catechism of the Catholic Church,