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From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it’.

St Cyril of Alexandria commented: ‘The way in which a man loses his life that he may save it, and how he who imagines that he is saving loses it, Paul clearly shows, where he says of the saints, “They that are Jesus Christ’s have crucified the flesh, with its affections and lusts.” For those who have really become true [followers] of Christ our common Saviour, crucify their flesh, and put it to death, by being constantly engaged in labours and struggles unto piety, and by mortifying its natural desire. … But on the other hand, whosoever loses his life shall of a certainty save it. This the blessed martyrs did, enduring conflicts even unto blood and life, and placing on their heads as their crown their true love unto Christ’.

May we know that ‘true love unto Christ’, putting it into practice in our daily lives, and may God bless you this day.