Thursday 7 March 2019
Deuteronomy 30:15-20. Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Luke 9:22-25.
Happy are they who hope in the Lord – Psalm 1:1-4, 6.
‘If you want to follow me, you must deny yourself.’
To be a follower of Jesus, we must expect to suffer sometimes. Life is no walk in the park, and hardship will come, so maybe it is the way we face suffering that Jesus is talking about. Few of us are asked to go the whole way to Golgotha, but there are other parts of Jesus’ journey we can certainly follow.
We can share the Good News with those who are questioning, perhaps through the RCIA; we can treat people with dignity, listening to their stories, which can often stop us judging harshly. Working on a soup van is feeding the hungry; healing relationships by accepting difference surely helps to build the kingdom.
Jesus is beginning his journey to the cross, so may we, during this Lenten time, search for where we could follow more closely, carrying the crosses laid on our own shoulders.