Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me

March 20, 2017 Length: 27:36

On the Sunday of the Adoration of the Precious Cross, we hear the words: "Whosoever will come after me..." These words presuppose that we know our purpose, and have made a free decision to order our life in a certain way. In this world, such a decision is rare. Those who make this decision (and only those) understand the following life-giving command: "let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Such a person understands what "denial" is. The world does not understand. Worldly Christians do not understand. Only a Christian who has decided to follow Christ, and continues to "decide" understands this "denial." It is recognizing what is bad, and not doing it, and the taking up of the Cross is obedience to the commandments, with all of one's strength. Mark 8:34-9:1

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