Carrying the Cross…

Some thoughts on discipleship after reading The Gospel of Mark; which by the way the Church just celebrated his feast day a few days ago…

I’m most inspired by the discussion Jesus lays out for us on the condition of discipleship found in the Gospel of Mark. To take up one’s cross and follow Christ is the very essence of what it means to be His disciple. I have to die to myself and to the world around me if my vocation to the religious life is to be authentically lived. Living a vowed life through chastity, poverty, and obedience unites me more closely to Jesus Christ, and these vows should never be looked upon as crosses, for they are acts of supreme love towards our risen Lord. However, it’s not always easy pursuing these vows on a daily basis, and maybe it’s through this uneasiness that Christ’s cross is made manifest in my life. Only through hopeful perseverance of this daily cross will I gain a greater understanding on what it means to be a servant of God. This is perhaps the greatest challenge and struggle (cross) that I’ll ever have to face, but one that’s ultimately necessary to inherit the kingdom of God and make His kingdom known to all who are in need of a witness to the saving power of the Gospel message.