“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
This Sunday’s readings talk about Jesus’ identity, His suffering and His promise. Today, He assures us that in every life difficulty, we are to be assured of His promises. He is our Father and He is our faithful Promise Keeper.
Who do you say that I am? What would you tell Jesus if He asks you the same question? Jesus has many roles in our lives: a friend, parent, partner, savior and many more. The sad part is sometimes we recognize Him only when we need His help. We often forget that He came here so we may have life and live it abundantly. He is present in every circumstance we are in whether it brings us happiness or sadness. May we always acknowledge Him and His presence in our lives because He will never leave us.
Take up your cross and follow me. Our sufferings are Jesus’ sufferings and His sufferings are ours. When we experience challenges in life, we tend to take it negatively and would really kick Jesus out of the picture. We forget that He is one with us in our sufferings and He’s the only one who could help us through these. He created us along with these challenges to make us better. Jesus, Himself suffered in order to save us. We must keep in mind that these sufferings are made not to put us down but to assure us that there is a promise in the end as long as we endure. He said “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” May this verse guide us in our journey towards the life God has prepared for us.
God’s promise. Jesus’ crucifixion is not the end but the beginning of the fulfillment of His promise. Jesus talked about His suffering and death but He also talked about His resurrection and the fulfillment of His promise, all we need to do is believe and have faith. The end is never what we think it is. The cross is the destiny of Jesus, but not the end. It will be love to the end but not the end of His life among us. We are His people created with a future full of hope.