Gospel: Lk 9:18-24
One day, when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, “What do people say about me?” And they answered, “Some say, that you are John the Baptist; others say, that you are Elijah; and still others [say], that you are one of the prophets of old, risen from the dead.” Again Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.
And he added, “The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the law, and be put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life.”
Jesus also said to all the people, “If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me! For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it.
READ: There is no longer any difference between Jew and Greek, or between slave and freedman, or between man or woman.
REFLECT: Any form of discrimination is based on prejudice and is inherently unfair—be it religious, racial or gender discrimination. We are all one in Christ. All humans are beloved brothers and sisters.
PRAY: Let us ask the Spirit to enlighten us on our many prejudices and to free us from them.
ACT: Today let us treat with special regard the people we tend to look down on.
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