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Two young Christians take up the cross

Today, Friday the 13th of July, I have been reminded several times of our Lord’s most painful passion and death, which took place on another Friday long ago.

The following stories about two young Christians were some of my reminders and I hope they inspire you.

First see Faith & Action Welcomes Cross Carrying Pilgrim Junior Garcia to Washington. Then Pakistani acid-attack victim finds new life in Houston, about a teen who bravely wore the cross of her Savior to work, where she was burned for being a Christian. Now Julie Aftab is a happy young woman who takes up her cross daily – and should put whiners to shame.

Now, excerpts from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 8, RSV Catholic Edition published by Ignatius Press:

Peter’s Declaration That Jesus Is the Christ
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare’a Philip’pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Eli’jah; and others one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he charged them to tell no one about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.” 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 For what can a man give in return for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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