In Jesus’ teaching this Sunday we hear “Anyone who finds his life will lose it.[1] These can sound harsh words! Not many of us want to lose our lives in the sense of becoming a nobody, a person who is not thought well of, someone who is not worth passing the time of day with…

But Jesus goes on – “Anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.[2]   That is the crux. “The Christian life is not just a matter of bringing Jesus into my life; it is also a matter of Jesus opening the doors into HIS LIFE.”[3]  And we know only too well that Jesus definitely did lay down his life, not only in his Passion and Death but also in the everyday circumstances of his life. Why should we be any different if we claim to be his followers?

But before you become a little uneasy remember that the overall effect of the following of Jesus is positive, it calls for self-sacrifice as a way to fuller life.[4]

A life that goes on beyond this life – life eternal. It is so easy to plant oneself into this life, getting distracted by so many things. Indeed, we can become like Martha. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.[5]

Yes, we have to sit at the feet of Jesus in times of prayer. Then we are able to face the challenges of laying down our lives in our good works! And what a reward we shall get – “the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.[6]

I think that is worth laying down one’s life!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw

[1] Mt.10:39

[2] Ibid.

[3] http://blessedsacramentchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-06-28-13th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time.pdf

[4] https://www.catholicireland.net/sunday-homily/

[5] Lk.10:41-42

[6] 1 Cor.2:9