18th Friday in Ordinary Time

Daily Reflection

18th Friday in Ordinary Time

My actions count.

From today’s Scripture: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct.“ —Mt 16:27

Jesus is always very honest about what it takes to be a disciple. In today’s Gospel he tells us, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” When I hear this, I think about the crosses of daily life that I am called to bear. I seldom think, though, about how I react to that cross.

Jesus also reminds us that our conduct today will determine how we will be repaid when he comes again. That puts a whole new spin on day-to-day decision making. Will I follow Jesus with my actions, or will my conduct come up short?  

Let us pray: Dear Jesus, help me follow your example of selfless love. May I willingly accept the crosses of life and be the person you will welcome into your Father’s glory.  



Today’s author is Chris Phelps, Director of Development for Glenmary Home Missioners. This week’s reflections are also in Spanish, available by email.


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