34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
Reflection from Prayer Team Member – Mary Carol Tazewell
These words captured by Mark from Jesus are quite clear. The life of a disciple is realized by emptying ourselves of the temporal things we worship, misguided emotions and feelings that distract us and self pride and self admiration that distort self perception. When we come to this place life will forever be full.
Richard Rohr, OFM, in The Art of Letting Go, says the following:
“Surrender and letting go sounds like losing. But it is actually accessing a deeper, broader sense of the self, which is already whole, already content, already filled with abundant life….It’s the part of you that is Love….Once you move your identity to that level of deep inner contentment and compassion, you realize you’re drawing upon a Life that is larger than your own, and from a deeper Abundance.”
Jesus is asking us to become our true selves. He is encouraging us to live into the depth and fullness of who we are created to be. He is inviting us to dwell in an abundance we can not imagine. Surrender, let go, lose your ego, live your life, walk the walk, embrace abundance. “Follow me.”