WORD of the DAY
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8: 34)
It is a collective invitation to the sequela. Jesus often calls individual persons. Here, He gives a collective invitation and He gives the method and the motivations. He places the sequela as a choice, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
A vocation is not a burden, an obligation to accept passively. It is a choice that expresses a will. It requires a method, actions to accomplish immediately and continually: renounce yourself, take the cross, and follow Him. In other words, stop being at the center, become responsible, take care of those and what is around you, and imitate Jesus. This sequela overturns all human criteria of how to structure life; to hold it, be attached to it means distancing yourself from Jesus. Renouncing it, putting the satisfactions it can bring in second place means getting closer to Jesus.
Lord, I give You my presumption, my egocentricity. Help me to authentically choose to follow You with love.
The voice of a Martyr
God is close to what is little; He loves what is broken. When people say, ‘lost’, He says, ‘found’. When people say ‘condemned’, He says, ‘saved’. When they say ‘abject’, God says: ‘blessed!’