“If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Luke 9:23

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Luke 9:23

We all have crosses in our lives. The crosses we carry differ from one another. This scripture reminds us of the challenges we face today. Not only do we experience challenges as individuals, but our world, country, communities and families have challenges too. We are all struggling with something. It may be something from our past or a situation we find ourselves in at the moment. It may be a challenge we are facing, or it may be something that is affecting someone we love.

At times, our crosses become too heavy to carry. We consider our crosses to be heavier than those of others. Yet we do not know how much the other person is carrying. Jesus carried his cross with obedience to the very end. He denied himself the opportunity to show his mighty powers. Had I been in his shoes, I would have told my accusers that if they wanted war, they should bring it on. I would have fought to my last breath. Yet Jesus never did. And his cross was the heaviest for it carried all of the world’s sins. Without the cross, however, there is no resurrection.

Taking up our crosses and following Jesus is not an easy thing to do. Am I willing to take up my cross however heavy and painful it may be? Am I willing to let go of my comfortable existence and wholeheartedly embrace my cross? What is there in my life that Jesus is asking me to deny so that I can follow him more fully?

Am I able to see beyond the cross, beyond the challenges in my life?

Gracious Lord,

When I grow weary of carrying my cross, please help me find strength in you to take it to the end. May the challenges we face each day lead us to live more fully in you.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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