Reflection on Matthew 16:24-28 ~
Jesus is not just talking about our personal sufferings, there are also the crosses of not fitting into a world filled with temptations, belonging to a small percentage who prays often or being a Christian guided by Trinity within. The list goes on but our “yes” means we must never give up and often go against the tide. Our whole self must embrace God’s will, using Jesus’s example to lead or follow as necessary, and serving others, if we are to find life in Christ.
Matthew 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Cross and Self-Denial
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 16:24-28.