Those of you who read my previous post on tomorrow's Gospel lesson know that my friend Tom in Ontario posited the question: Where is the Gospel here? 'Cause all that taking-up-your-cross stuff doesn't sound like especially good news.
Well, over on Beliefnet, in reference to something else entirely, my friend prjp offered a quote from Francis of Assisi that may just define the Gospel behind the Gospel lesson. Francis said, and I'm paraphrasing, that once we realize that in Holy Baptism we died the only death that really matters, we become able to risk other kinds of death for Christ's sake.
Think that's it?