Our Gospel today is telling us that if we want to follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves and carry our cross. Like Jesus, we have to suffer much. We have to give up material things and other earthly desires because these are barricades that stop us from knowing God’s will for us. We have to live a simple life as Jesus did. We have to love our brothers and sisters and even our enemies. Jesus loves us so much that he wants us to be with him in paradise.
Life itself is a cross that we have to carry each day. We have to struggle to survive, but if we have Jesus as center of our lives, things will be easy and light. We just have to trust and believe in our Father in heaven and He will never abandon us. Jesus wants us to follow him so we can be with him in heaven. He loves us so much that he suffered and died on the cross for our salvation. Jesus is inviting us to his followers. Are we going to turn him down?