“Anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”

Mark 8:35

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Mark 8:27-35

“Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

Jesus teaches us that we have to lose our lives for his sake, and for the sake of the gospel, in order to save it. What a paradox! How do we lose our lives to save them? Jesus, by his example and word, teaches us that to be his disciples, we need to let go of expectations of wealth, grandeur and power as the meaning and purpose of life. We participate in the life of God by “denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Jesus”. In Galatians 5:13, Paul tells us, “..you were called to be free; do not use your freedom as an opening to self-indulgence, but be servants to one another in love…”

Our lives have meaning and purpose when we, the Body of Christ, truly follow the Son of Man in lives of service. Jesus, the Christ, is our Creator, our Sustainer and our Redeemer, Col. 1:15-20. Our invitation is to be co-creators, co-sustainers and co-redeemers. We are part of something – not just looking in. All of Creation reveals God and is connected. Our attitudes and actions count! Our mission continues Jesus’ as we participate in the building up of our world in love. We carry responsibility for the future of our world, both individually and collectively. Very often, it is the institutions where the deepest damage to humanity and the environment occurs. How do I keep myself informed? What are the areas of concern for me?

What prophetic role can I play in recognising where the ‘status quo’ is not acceptable and then in voice and action make a difference? How can I serve today and participate in God’s mission to draw us to intimate union?

“.. for anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.” (Mark 8:35)

Gracious God,

Help us to co-operate with your vision by surrendering to your will. Help us to use our gifts with gratitude and joy. Help us to trust that what we learn in our difficulties will gift us with compassion and understanding which will serve both ourselves and your whole creation. Help us to come to the fullness of life which you promise by living in loving service. Unite us to Yourself, Creator God, Redeeming Son and Sanctifying Spirit, now and always. .

Amen.

 
Katharine Knowles

Katharine Knowles was educated at the Dominican Convent of Our Lady of Mercy in Springs; and at the University of the Witwatersrand where she did a B.Sc. Physiotherapy graduating in 1973. She worked in this field, except for a few child-bearing years, until retirement in the last few years. She was trained as a spiritual director by the Jesuit Institute. She is deeply grateful for the gift of 3 children and 4 grandchildren (so far). Hobbies include walking, reading, being in nature and travel.

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