Consent!

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My
Scripture

Luke 14:27
Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90:3-6,12-17; Philemon 1:9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33

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!”

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 beautiful person God made you to be, then consent to renounce your ego-centered, fear-driven, achievement-oriented self…

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