Mk8:27-35 [24th Sunday in Ordinary Time]

16th September, 2012 Readings: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For my reflection, I will just share what struck me in the readings. The passage which stood out the most to me would be the last sentence, which states “for whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s will save it”. This passage reminded me of the previous Sunday’s  Sojourn session about Trust – how we must trust in God and as such be willing to lose our lives for Him, as we know that He will save us and grant us the greatest gift: that of eternal life.

Jesus is telling His disciples that whoever loses his life for Him will be saved by Him. In our everyday lives, often we only think about ourselves, doing things which will be for our benefit, neglecting spending time with God for earthly needs such as going out with friends, or worse still, studying. In a sense, I picture this as saving one’s self, to fulfill one’s selfish needs, and this will only lead to him losing his “life”. We are often bogged down by such pressures and forget that by saving our own lives, we will just end up losing it.

Jesus tells us that if we are to follow Him and His ways, i.e. to follow after Him, we will have to deny ourselves and take up His cross. “Losing our life” signifies to me a kind of willingness to give up all our worries, our pressures, our needs and wants to follow Him. It will not be a simple journey and this is signified by the need to carry our own crosses and, but we have to trust in God and Jesus, that if we follow in His ways, we will be saved.

So, friends, I pray for everyone and myself that this week, we will all be willing to trust in God, that we do not focus too much on “saving” ourselves, but willingly “lose our lives” for His sake. Don’t get bogged down too much with your daily lives, but instead follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Have a good week ahead! (:

– Paul Goh

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