I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Reflections for February 14, Thursday after Ash Wednesday Luke 9:22-25

Jesus said to his disciples: “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all, “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. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”
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My Reflections:
There is always a price to pay if we decide to faithfully follow Jesus. For example Jesus himself tells us in the gospel that we must deny ourselves of something and we must decide also to carry our own cross. These are the preconditions, there’s no free ride in following Jesus. We have to sacrifice our: Vices, comforts, egos and many more undesirable behaviors.

But we have nothing to worry about these sacrifices  If we decide to follow Jesus. These are all earthly things that may evaporate anytime, that may fly away from our hands anytime. What Jesus gives in exchange for our earthly detachment is something that is out of this world.

Don’t be afraid of the things that you will sacrifice in favor of your faithful discipleship for Jesus. Because your earthly sacrifice is not in anyway comparable with the spiritual bliss that you will have once you decide to faithfully follow Jesus.   

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