A Reading for today
Friday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time
Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, «Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it."
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?
What could one give in exchange for his life?
Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."
He also said to them, "Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come in power."
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Whoever loses their life for my sake will find it
Saint Gertrude of Helfta (1256-1301), Benedictine nun
Exercises VII, SC 127 (Spiritual exercises, trans. Gertrude and Jack Lewis, pub.Kalamazoo: Cistercian publications, 1989, pp. 133-134 rev.)
O dearest death, you are my happiest lot. Ah, let my soul find a nest for itself in you, O death. O death, bearing the fruits of eternal life, ah, may your life-giving streams envelop me totally. O death, everlasting life: ah, may I always have hope under your wings. O saving death, ah, may my soul linger in your very bright goodness. O most precious death, you are my dearest ransom. Ah, may you absorb all my life in you and immerse my death in you.
O life-giving death, ah, may I melt beneath your wings. O death, drop of life, ah, may the very dulcet spark of life you bring burn in me forever. (…) O most loving death, in you are all good things stored up for me. Ah, may your lovingly-kind care be with me so that in dying I may repose dulcetly beneath your shadow.
O most merciful death, you are my happiest life. You are my best share. You are my most copious redemption. You are my very brightest inheritance. Ah, envelop me altogether in you, hide my life altogether in you, hide my death away in you. (…) O death very close to my heart, preserve me for you forever in your fatherly charity as a ransom and sempiternal possession.