As Christians we pray daily using the words that Jesus taught us and say ‘Thy Kingdom come.’ When we do this we are saying that we want the world to be the way God wants it. In other words, a place of peace and justice where no-one suffers through poverty, war or oppression. If this is what we want then we must live in a way which helps to bring this about, we must be committed to change. Such a choice may well leave us like the Servant in today’s first reading facing abuse and insults from those who would prefer to leave things as they are. This is what Jesus is talking about in today’s gospel: taking up our cross to follow him does not mean we are to go looking for suffering; rather it means accepting that choosing the way of God’s kingdom will cost us. In short, faith without works is dead!

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