Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Weekend of July 1 & 2

In today’s gospel reading the Twelve hear Jesus speak these
words: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow
after me is not worthy of me.” This is the first time Matthew
mentions the word “cross” in his gospel, and it is not in
direct reference to Jesus’ crucifixion but as a prerequisite
to following him. Good stewards recognize that the call
to discipleship requires them to “take up the cross” and
align their goals in life and their fate with that of Jesus, that
is, with suffering, opposition, resistance and even death.
Reflect this week on the crosses you need to take up daily
in order to comprehend the way of Jesus Christ.