Matthew 16:24-28 Reflection: Following Jesus

8/5/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:24-28

24 Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
28 Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

8/5/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 16:24-28

Follow me or come to me is always the invitation of Jesus. Yet in the gospel passage above, He gave us two important requirements to follow Him: first, we must deny ourselves and second, we must take up our cross. These are not easy demands.

Denying ourselves means to prioritize Jesus and not ourselves. Our life is not only for entertainment nor for pleasurable activities. There is a deeper purpose why we are alive and that is to become children in whom God is well-pleased. That is why we need to get rid of all the things that displease Him.

Taking up our cross is related to the first requirement. If we have to follow Jesus then we need to follow Him all the way to Calvary. Yet, the cross of Jesus is different from ours. We may have a similar mission with Him but we need not be physically crucified. We just have to die to ourselves every day so that we can live in Christ and with Christ.

In the end, discipleship is a matter of choice. If we choose Jesus then we have to forget ourselves and focus on Him.

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