Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” There it is – the cost of discipleship in one line. Make no mistake, the cost is high. Jesus never promised us that if we followed him life would be wonderful. He never said that we would always be healthy; that we would always have enough money; that we would always be happy; that we would never experience pain, or suffering, or loss. No, He never said that.
What He said is that if we want to follow Him, it will cost us our whole lives. We will be asked to endure whatever life has in store for us and bear it in the name of Jesus. We will be called to love even when it hurts, to sacrifice even when it feels we don’t have enough, and to trust in God even when He seems to be missing.
What He does promise us is that if we do deny ourselves, if we do carry our cross, if we do follow Him, we will have eternal life. The cost is worth it.
How can you pick up your cross today? How is Jesus asking you to follow Him?
Dear Jesus, please give me the strength to pick up my cross and follow You.
Copyright 2017 Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
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