Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When I read the news and see the sorry state of the world, I sometimes pray that Jesus hasten his arrival: “Lord, you’d better hurry, because at the rate we’re going, there will be nothing left by the time you get here.”
But if I look closely, I see that Jesus is already present: he is present when we comfort one another after the latest terrorist attack; he is present when we listen patiently to people who are angry and disenfranchised; he is present when we reassure people who lament at what our nation has lost and who are afraid at what it might become.
When we can find God in all things, we will see the Son of Man coming into his Kingdom. So pay attention to your day, and look for moments of kindness, gentleness, and joy—these moments offer glimpses of the Kingdom that is already present to us.
—Bob Burnham, OFS, a Secular Franciscan and spiritual director, writes and edits for Loyola Press in Chicago.
Jesus Christ, may your death be my life
and in your dying may I learn how to live.
May your struggles be my rest,
Your human weakness my courage,
Your embarrassment my honor,
Your passion my delight,
Your sadness my joy,
in your humiliation may I be exalted.
In a word, may I find all my blessings in your trials.
—St. Peter Faber, inHearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, ed. Michael Harter, S.J. (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004).