Take up our cross daily and follow Him

In today's Gospel, Jesus said to His disciples:

"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." (Luke 9:23-24)

Take up our cross daily and follow Him. Sound advice from Jesus. Only it is by no means easy. For one thing, the mind may be willing, but the flesh is weak. And even if the mind is willing, the fact that every moment it wanders from one incoherent thought to another as we are constantly bombarded and hijacked by sensory stimuli makes it very difficult to remain focussed and aware of the commitment.

We have to "remember to remember", as the saying goes, and it is extremely tough. Prayers, I believe, constant and consistent prayers from which we will gain awareness and strength.

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