Maddenation

Today’s Sermon

Today’s sermon tells us:

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, follow me.”

The pastor at American Martyrs, where I went to church today instead of trekking to Santa Monica, then asked us,

“How do you take up your cross and follow Jesus?”

I don’t know the answer to that. Do any of you? I think the answer can only be individually answered, and though I have some ideas, I will need to think through that one some more. Your ideas?

I think it’s a great thing for us to discuss. Feel free to comment…

KathleenInspirations09/18/06 2 comments

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Dad • 09/18/06 9:22 PM:

I think the “cross” referred to is the suffering we experience in life. The message, as I understand it, is that we must follow Christ’s way of living in spite of the evil in our world. So when we accept our suffering as a necessary part of life, and refrain from cursing God for allowing it, we are taking up our cross and, in our small way, following Jesus.

I was more interested in the second reading from St. James. In it, he pointed out that faith without good works is dead. I think this message speaks to those who regularly observe the “rules” of their religion, but are intollerant and nasty to those around them. Part of taking up our cross may well require that we also help carry the cross of others who have larger burdens. No doubt, this is the hard part.

David • 03/05/07 11:05 PM:

I’ve thought about this post quite a few times over the past many months - meaning to comment and add some thoughts on the cross.

Yesterday, while reading a reflection from Henri Nouwen, I came across an interesting reflection.

From Lent and Easter: Wisdom from Henri J. Nouwen

“Your pain is deep, and it won’t just go away… Your call is to bring that pain home. As long as your wounded part remains foreign to your adult self, your pain will injure you as well as others. Yes, you have to incorporate your pain into your self and let it bear fruit in your heart and the heart of others. This is what Jesus means when he asks you to take up your cross. He encourages you to recognize and embrace your unique suffering and to trust that your way to salvation lies therein. Taking up your cross means, first of all, befriending your wounds and letting them reveal to you your own truth.”

Hmm.

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