Thursday February 14,2019

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Deuteronomy 30:15-20   Psalm 1:4, 6   Luke 9:22-25

22 "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third  day be raised." 23 And he said to all, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
Meditation: The gospel passage begins with the prediction of Jesus suffering and death. What he announced is not for him alone. It is meant for all those who follow him. The disciple must secure his future by repeating in his own life the radical commitment that took Jesus to his death. Both in the gospel of Mark and Luke we see that the first prediction of his own death is followed immediately by the assertion that his disciples must also be ready to suffer.
    Jesus says “If someone wants to come after me let him deny himself and let him take up his cross and follow me.” There are three conditions of discipleship writes Plummer, “Self denial, bearing one’s cross and obedience.” The one who would be a disciple of Jesus is called to a radical denial of self interest and concerns of his own natural well being. The call is to a practical denial of our natural inner drive to self-preservation and care for our own interests. The disciple’s life threats from the challenge of Jesus call to give up the security of a bounded view of that life. His life may also be literally under threat. 
    It is now obviously our turn to think more deeply about our own discipleship. We the Christians are called to follow him thoroughly than anyone else. But the fact is that we simply forget our status and are busy with many other things that never pertain to the real discipleship. Let us now make a resolution that we may lead a life worth of our calling.

Bro Dynish