Reflection on Luke 9:22-25 ~
Obviously we cannot compare our physical and spiritual suffering to Christ as his was for everyone past, present and future. However, the same signs of Jesus’s selflessness and the ability to suffer silently are one of the marks of a practicing and maturing Christian. Pastorally, I refer to this passage whenever I encounter someone progressing along the path of following Jesus. I do not soften the fact that Christ is upfront about the commitments required to join Jesus on the Cross.
Luke 9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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 daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 9:22-25.