Daily Reflection

Feb 14, 2013

“Let him deny himself, take up his cross each day…”

 The readings of the day following Ash Wednesday set the tone for the season of Lent.

 Over the next forty days as we decide to deny ourselves little pleasures, make small abstentions, it is a reminder of what our call to be a follower of Christ is all about.

 In a sense, it is three fold; the first being to Deny Self. What exactly would that mean? Perhaps it is learning to pray like Mary prayed “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word” or echoing what Jesus said “Not mine, but thy will be done.” It is learning to say “Amen” in humility when we do not understand why God allows certain things to happen in our lives.

 Take up your cross: Every day we are called to pick up the broken pieces of our life and to keep walking. Notice how Luke adds “each day”. There will be a cross to carry each day. And this does not only mean our ‘burdens’ in life. It means having to make a decision anew and everyday to live for Jesus.

 Follow me: To follow someone means keeping our eyes on him constantly while we trace our steps behind his. We will not always know where we are going, but we must know who is leading us.

 This lent, will we dare to deny self, take up our cross and follow Jesus?




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