Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8,34-38.9,1
Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, «Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?
What could one give in exchange for his life?
Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
He also said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come in power.”
The Christian process
1) Take up the cross. That is the first stage of your life: taking up the cross and knowing that’s where your redemption is. Take it up and don’t dodge it. It is easy to evade the cross or choose a cross of the size you prefer. Pay attention to your own Cross and don’t worry about the imaginary crosses you make for yourself – don’t get carried away by your imagination or overwhelmed by your numerous problems.
2) Give up. This implies renouncing yourself, giving up your personal whims, abandoning the desire to always look good in front of others…
We have to forsake certain things in life considering other people and relationships… Live your life step by step.
3) Follow Him. Accept this cross and follow Jesus. I know it is difficult. But those who follow Him see wonderful things and their life becomes wonderful as well !!
Following Jesus does not only mean taking up the cross, but also resurrecting afterwards…just like He did. That way you can be an example to others. Show the cross that you bear, but by being resurrected, you are showing that you live with God in your heart.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Remember: Heaven is our goal!