There are times in our lives when we suffer under the weight of our sin. Collectively and individually we suffer. We see society suffering under the heavy cross of our sins. We see our friends, family and people everywhere suffering under the weight of sin.
Today's gospel offers a powerful recognition of this suffering.
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. (Mark 8:35)
This gospel passage also guides us to a deeper meaning of being Christian in an overtly secularized world. When we walk hand in hand with Christ we must give up ourselves. This, for me, can be a deep internalized suffering. The purgation of my own attachments and selfish desires is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish.
With Christ all things are possible.
The prophetic message of the gospel is counterintuitive to the message of secular world. Suffering, bound to the Cross of Christ, should bring us hope. The hope of eternal bliss found through the redemptive suffering of the Cross of Christ.
One of the most often repeated biblical passages reminds me to have hope anytime I begin to wallow in my own struggles.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Have faith and joy in your travels always.
God is good!
JMJ, pray for us,