A homily that made sense and gave me something to think about. Nice for a change. We were reminded that anything worth having is worth suffering for. When you work for something it means something. Father used the "no pain, no gain" slogan and did some research on it. Apparently before Jane Fonda used it on her aerobics tapes, in 1650 poet Robert Herrick wrote:
NO PAINS, NO GAINS.
If little labour, little are our gains:
Man's fortunes are according to his pains.
Hardship, suffering are part of life. It is only by taking up our cross and following Jesus that we will have any sort of peace.
The other point that was made is that sometimes our faith in Jesus is our cross because others; family, friends, co-workers may not like who we are because of Jesus.