18th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Friday, 11th August 2023

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 16:24-28

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will anyone gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting his life? Or what can anyone offer in exchange for his life?

‘For the Son of man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his behaviour. In truth I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming with his kingdom.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus challenges us to set our hearts on things that will truly last for all eternity.


  • A true disciple gladly gives up everything for an unending life of joy and happiness with God. The cross of Christ leads to victory and freedom from sin and death.


  • What is the cross Jesus challenges you to take up each day? Are you prepared to lose all for Jesus in order to gain all for Him?