In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” At the nd of the reading Jesus suggests there is great hope in the cross. Today’s followers of Christ recognize they are stewards of his entire legacy, including his cross and that through mutual sacrifices, God’s glory is revealed. They don’t live their lives in Christ only when it is convenient for them. They make a decision to take up their cross and carry it, no matter what the cost is to themselves.
Reflect this week on the cross you bear in order to reveal God’s glory. How do you embrace that cross? How, at times, do you shirk that cross when it is not convenient?