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Luke 9:22-25

The Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." Then he said to them all, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?

Luke 9:22-25
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    • We know from the Gospels that the disciples of Jesus would have been tempted – influenced by the expectation of their fellow Jews – by a prospect of their Master inaugurating a new political and national power. And, in another Gospel, Peter is roundly denounced by Jesus for attempting to draw him aside from the wholly unexpected path of suffering announced here (making reference to condemned persons often being forced to carry their own execution-beam). So we tend in our own minds to catalogue today’s passage simply as a prophecy of suffering.
    • But the passage can also be taken as an equally unexpected prophecy of glory: to ‘be raised’ went far beyond the wildest dreams of earthly glory. The stakes are raised all round - Jesus unveils a project which inducts his followers onto a whole new plane. Any follower who enters into this resurrected kingdom, will have gained a prize more precious than the world and all its kingdoms.
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    • At the start of Lent, Jesus puts before us the central events of his passion, death and resurrection.
    • Life holds so many challenges - the losses and daily disappointments that come my way. Do I just despair, fall apart, give up, or do I rise to them, shoulder my crosses with courage, knowing that Jesus shares the load, thereby filling me with deep contentment, even joy?
    • True fulfillment is not to be found in possessions or celebrity, but in hospitality, generosity, sharing, goodness of life.
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    • ‘Deny yourself and take up your cross daily’. Lord, I used to think this meant looking for mortifications. You have taught me that my cross is myself, my ego, the pains in my body, my awkwardness, my mistakes. To follow you is to move beyond ego-trips. It means coping with the business of life without trampling on others or making them suffer. There is a world here to be explored this Lent.
    • To deny myself – to reach a point where myself is no longer the most important thing in the world; to be able to take a back seat comfortably; to be happy to listen; to accept without resentment the diminishments that come to me through time or circumstances; to see your hand, Lord, in both the bright and dark places of my life.
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    • Jesus states clearly that his project to save the world will end in disaster for himself. I sit with him in silence and with gratitude that he does not simply give up and abandon humankind to its malice.
    • Let me also chat with him about the things which I endure. He is not saying that suffering is good, but that I can either accept it patiently or try to reject it. He looks hard at me and says, ‘You could spend your life just looking after yourself and trying to avoid pain and hurt. Or you can embrace the world with love and risk failure, betrayal, disappointment from those you try to serve. Of course you will get hurt, but an eternal blessing will be yours at the End.’ I respond: ‘Lord, let me live my life as you lived yours.’ He thanks me.
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    • Many people now take ‘selfie’ pictures on their phones. This is the outward self, often to encourage our vanity. There is the hidden self that will never feature on a phone - the self which is hidden with God, who sees the heart. As we follow Jesus we follow so that our heart will be ever energised in love and justice.
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    • The gospel is unambiguous - suffering and self-displacement are the hallmarks of a disciple. Jesus goes the way of the cross. He does not hoard his life, even though living must have had a special quality for him. I am called not to hoard my life, but to live generously.
    • Lord, what you call me to is radical and counter- cultural. Without your grace I will be a mean person. I will be self-seeking, always looking out for my own benefit. Help me to let go of that sort of life. May I learn to accept life in a loving spirit as you did. Only so will I be a source of good to others.
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    • /Deny yourself and take up your cross daily/. Lord, I used to think this meant looking for mortifications. You have taught me that my cross is myself, my ego, the pains in my body, my awkwardness, my mistakes. To follow you is to move beyond ego-trips. It means coping with the business of life without trampling on others or making them suffer. There is a world here to be explored this Lent.
    • Jesus is often presented in the gospel as giving his life over to his Father. His convictions and preaching would lead to his death. His future resurrection was in the power of his Father. Much of what we want to hold onto in life can be swiftly taken away – our good health, our security of wealth, even our good name. What we share in love and in God cannot be taken away. Ask in prayer to value love, and to offer your life now and always in love and for love.
    • Taking up one's cross is not a matter of simply putting up with the headaches and ordinary troubles of life, but of not being ashamed of Jesus, and being prepared to be true followers with all the dangers, even possible martyrdom, that that implies. Trying to save one's own skin by denying Jesus will only result in the loss of eternal life, of intimate union with God.