Tuesday, March 10 “Take Up” – Mark 8: 31-38
How are we to take up the causes of Jesus – justice, righteousness and mercy in our day?
This is a very difficult passage for me. I have thought for many days about how to express my view. I honestly do not think I could “take up the cross and follow me” as Mark quotes.
Then how close to Jesus’ teaching am I willing to commit to?
I believe in the right of all people to be respected and for them to have their civil rights guaranteed. I believe everyone has a right to their own beliefs. What am I willing to sacrifice to protect these rights? Not sure I know the answer. I think it is an evolving question. I hope that as I try to answer these questions I can act towards others in a way that projects my beliefs, but does not stand in judgment of them.
Prayer: Jesus help me to be able to follow your teachings and respect those whose ideas and beliefs are not necessarily in line with my interpretation of Yours. Help me to be brave enough to take up the cross and follow you. Amen.