21 February, 2020
In Mark’s Gospel, we find Jesus beginning to teach the twelve just what discipleship is all about. They knew He had called them. They saw themselves as His followers. But did they understand what it meant to follow Him?
After telling Peter to get behind Him, Jesus says, if anyone desires to follow me, they must deny themselves, carry their cross, and follow me.
But what does it mean to deny oneself?
Denying oneself is not merely giving up our guilty pleasures – like giving up chocolate or sugar for Lent. It’s not necessarily living as a monk, and it’s not self-hatred.
Any honest struggle to stay true to God, true to the commandments, true to our faith is how we carry the cross.
Our culture is so engrossed with self-fulfilment and self-interest. But Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Society says, “follow your dreams.” Jesus says, “follow me.”
While the world encourages us to be selfish, Christ wants us to be selfless. Do you have the courage to follow him today?