7. Jesus falls for the second time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Matthew 16:24-25
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.

Reflection
And so a second time they refused her. They did not believe her story of persecution, imprisonment and torture. She appealed against their decision but again they knocked her down. This time it was harder to get up and they turned away from her without compassion.

Prayer
Lord, it is tempting to give up
when we try and fail.
Give us the courage and strength to keep going,
hope when we feel all is lost,
light in times of darkness.
Amen.

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