“To come after me you must deny yourself, and take up your cross.” It is always sobering to hear these words of Jesus.
But we know the great beauty of the gift he first gave us - the gift of his very Self - which has drawn us beyond ourselves. We are willing to lose ourselves, for we have found in his love the very reason for our being itself.
Our promise to follow him inevitably entails an availability, a surrender, a willingness to suffer and die with him.
Jesus wants all that we are. And he deeply desires to give all of himself away to us. Let us open to him.