When I ordered the Word On Fire Gospels, previewed here, I the Word On Fire folks also sent me Bishop Barron’s 2021 Lenten Gospel Reflections book. I see that the books are still available on the site, even though Lent has officially begun, so you might still be able to order one if you like and hope the come before Lent gets too far along! If not I’ll share some of the thoughts in it as we go along through Lent!
The Conditions of Discipleship
The reading for today is Luke 9:22-25, featured on the right. The passage is about what you have to do to become a disciple of Jesus, and the answer is to do what Jesus himself did. In love, you sacrifice yourself.
Barron’s observes something neat drawing from the act of making the sign of the cross. First you make the up-down motion, forming a sort of suspended letter ‘I’, for ego. And then you make a cross-wise motion — crossing out the ego! The principle of self-sacrifice is right there within the act of making a cross, to remind you!
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He also told [his disciples], “The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. He will be put to death, but three days later he will be raised to life.”
And he said to them all, “If you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, take up your cross every day, and follow me. For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but you yourself are lost or defeated? Of course not!”