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Aug 15, 2022

We often appreciate invitations: to family gatherings, concerts, ball games and events that give us joy and fun memories. During his ministry, Jesus offered people an invitation to follow him. Many were willing to follow Our Lord, at least until they learned it included the path to Jerusalem, where Christ would suffer ridicule, hostility, and even death on a cross for our salvation. If Jesus invites you to accept a share in his sufferings, see this as a privileged moment to be united even more deeply to him and an opportunity to grow in holiness. At the same time, take courage! He will also give you the strength and grace you need to carry your cross and, in doing so, you will be walking with him on the path that leads to heaven.