Jul 16 (Mt 10:34-11:1, Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel)

Every society or organization or a way of life draws up rules and regulations, to which its members have to promise obedience.

A faithful commitment to these guidelines will help for the true growth of the society and help the members to genuinely enjoy all the rights and privileges.

Christianity as a Life Style, also has its Rules and Regulations and it demands Commitment!

>> And this Rule is symbolized in the CROSS!

Yes, those who choose Christianity as a Life Style, ought to be losers of oneself, be carriers of the Cross, and then Follow Him!

This is what Jesus tells in today’s Gospel: “Whoever does not take up his cross, and follow after me, is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:38)

However, we are in a modern trend which causes the very mention of the word “Cross”, to put people off…

>> “Not again the Cross”

>> “Enough of pain and suffering”

>> “We come to Church to relax and be comforted; not simply to hear of the Passion & Anguish of the Suffering Jesus on the Cross; we only prefer the Glorious & Victorious Christ”

>> “Stop being pessimistic with Sin & Repentance…. Just be optimistic with Joy & Salvation!”

These are often, the “happening” buzz phrases and popular opinions in our religious environs.

The modern Christian Lifestyle often thinks in the following manner:

>> We like to be Saved…

… but we Fear the Cross of repentance of our Sins…

>> We like to receive Blessings…

… but we Fear the Cross of living an honest life…

>> We like to live a peaceful life…

… but we Fear the Cross of trusting in God’s Providence…

>> We like to be prosperous…

… but we Fear the Cross of being generous and compassionate…

>> We like to be called good…

… but we Fear the Cross of being Faithful to the teachings of Christ…

>> We like to have joy…

… but we Fear the Cross of giving up attachments & belong totally to God…

Yes, a Fear of the Cross is very much vivid in our life style!

But Christ Crucified on the Cross…

… promises His Choicest Rewards to the ones, who dare to take up the Cross

>> They will be rewarded…

>> They will find Life…

>> They will find true joy and peace…

…says the Lord!

Have we really accepted Christianity as our Life Style?

>> Then Let us Embrace the Cross…

This “Embracing of the Cross” demands a “Primacy of Love for Christ”

>> Giving Christ the Prime position in our lives

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

The feast was assigned to 16 July, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock.

The Scapular (from Latin scapulae, “shoulders”) – is both a sign of our belonging to Mary and pledge of her maternal protection in this life and the next.

It is also a sign of couple of elements:

1. A consecration to and trust in Mary

2. A declaration to imitate Our Lady’s virtues, especially Her humility, chastity, and prayerfulness.

The scapular is not…

… a magical charm to protect someone.

… a automatic guarantee of salvation.

… an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life

It is instead, a sign…

… to follow Jesus like Mary

… to be open to God and to His Will.

… to be guided by Faith, Hope and Love.

… to pray at all times

… to discover and be aware of the Presence of God in all that happens around us.

As St. John of the Cross says:

“He who loves, is not ashamed before men of what he does for God…

… neither does he hide it through shame, though the whole world should condemn it.”

Let us seek the intercession of our Blessed Mother in our struggles and hardships of life…

… and may the Sacramental of the Scapular be a sign for us to publicly declare our Love for Christ and our Readiness to “take up the Cross!”

May we hold Mamma’s Hands…

… as She Inspires, Helps, Challenges and Intercedes for us!

Happy Feast of our Blessed Mother of Carmel!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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