Take Up Your Cross

Scripture Reading

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?”
(Luke 9:22-25)

Scripture Study

9:22 Son of man must suffer: The first of several Passion predictions in Luke (9:44; 12:50; 17:25; 18:31–33). Jesus here begins to clarify that his mission is not earthly or political, but one that entails suffering and death.

9:23 take up his cross: Christian discipleship is costly, involving much sacrifice and self-denial (14:26, 33). Perseverance is necessary to follow the way of Christ on a daily basis (CCC 1435).

Scripture Reflection

Jesus prophesied his passion and death in order to help his disciples believe in him. It also showed that he was freely accepting these sufferings he would undergo. Christ did not seek to be glorified: he chose to come without glory in order to undergo suffering; and you, who have been born without glory, do you wish to be glorified? The route you must take is the one Christ took. This means recognizing him and it means imitating him both in his humiliation and in his good name; thus you will glory in the Cross, which was his path to glory. That was what Paul did, and therefore he gloried in saying, ‘Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ As noted Catholic music artist Curtis Stephan says: take up your cross.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.