Thursday 02 March
22“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.” 23Then 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.
24For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?
In our modern day Christianity, the cross represents the sins of all humanity; Jesus carried that cross from the city of Jerusalem, all the way to Golgotha, knowing He would ultimately die on it and because of it! Yet He carried that cross and did God’s will. In today’s reading, Jesus tells us that we must do the same; we must carry our cross, all of our sins and transgressions, and follow Him and do God’s will. It will not be easy, but we must subject ourselves to it, to become subjects of God’s kingdom.