Lectio Divina Reflection on Luke 9:22-25 – Following Jesus
Obviously, we cannot compare our physical and spiritual suffering to Christ. What Jesus endured was for everyone, past, present, and future. However, the same signs of Jesus’s selflessness and the ability to suffer silently are marks of practicing and maturing Christians. I refer to the Gospels “take up their cross” passage whenever I encounter someone progressing along the path of following Jesus. I do not soften the idea that the commitment to join Jesus on the Cross is difficult. If you are on this journey, then you know that to be like Jesus requires personal sacrifices well beyond what one might imagine. However, if we are willing to try, God gives us what we need to do so.
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Luke 9:22-25 – Scripture*
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
23 Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25 What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Luke 9:22-25 Reflection – Following Jesus.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 9 passage.