September 10, 2020

My reflection today comes from Fresh Bread:
“ I have never gotten used to the truth of discipleship: that to belong to Jesus means more than just a good feeling of being cherished and loved. I still struggle with the fact that there are conditions for discipleship and that ‘following‘ means some hard demands and some constant conversion:
‘Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“ If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life?” (Mt 16:24-26)
Too often I wish for a call free from obstacles, hurt, pain, disturbance, anxiety.” –  Joyce Rupp
These words are so true. Sometimes being a follower of Jesus brings about difficult times but the saving grace is our faith assures us that God is always with us no matter what we are going through….