In a moving scene from “The River,” Jean Renoir’s beautiful film of India, a crippled American soldier is outraged over the cross he has been given to bear. In his anguish, he asks a Hindu woman if there is anything he can do to make life worthwhile. She replies in a single word: “Consent!” In other words, “Be!”
That is what Jesus is telling us in today’s Gospel Lesson: “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple … whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Lk. 14:27,33). If you want to be the uniquely beautiful person God made you to be, then renounce your ego-centered,…
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