Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?
Jesus was speaking of the challenge and struggle to live a life of love as he had lived it. He was reminding them that discipleship is no easy following.
Each of our life choices, decisions and actions involve consequences. If we choose to love someone deeply we must be willing to accept that our heart's investment may cost us loneliness and sadness. We will be challenged to accept that person's weknesses as well as that person's strengths. We will bear deep sorrow if they die or leave us without our consent.
With each part of our life we can ask ourselves: Am I willing to accept pain that my investment may cost me? Am I ready to be generous with my commitment even if it brings suffering. Am I willing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus?
Scripture: Mark 8:34-38
If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.
I would never change some of the most important choices I've made in my life. I choose to be Catholic when I converted at the age of 21. I choose to marry the most wonderful man I've ever met. We choose to have 7 beautiful children. These were the best choices I've ever made. I've also made some poor choices, ones that I'm still paying for. But I do know they were the wrong ones and I've learned some valuable lessons from them. With the help of our good Lord, I pick up my crosses daily because I'm empowered by the Beloved to accept them and to remember to live one day at a time. With God all things are possible !
Today each time I take a drink , I will say yes to the consequences of my life-choice and decisions.
'On Ya' - ma