August 5, 2022
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from or inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24-28)
TAKE UP OUR CROSS: When Jesus was performing miracles and feeding large crowds, followers flocked to Him. However, when He spoke as He did in today’s gospel, many turned away.
Jesus never spoke of immediate gratification or short term fixes. He wasn’t promoting what followers needed to do to get by that day. He was offering eternal life. He was calling them to short-term sacrifice and hardship in exchange for a place with Him in Paradise.
It wasn’t for everyone. Some who heard about Jesus came to listen to His message. The self-denial and cross-carrying argument simply did not appeal to them.
Jesus knew then and knows now that not everyone will buy what He is selling, but He will keep trying. He will never give up on us.