In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself…”
‘Word of God became flesh (God became man-Incarnation) and dwelt amongst us.’ The reason behind this is that He wants to give us life in abundance with all its richness. That purpose was fulfilled only in His Passion. He gave His very self – body and blood. “Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:7-8). This is what gave us Redemption. This is Kenotic spirituality – self-emptying spirituality.
This self-sacrificing force of Jesus Christ should give every Christian in the world a ‘push’ to for it is in the Liturgical celebration and in all the Sacraments that we receive the same Jesus. Can we receive the Lord and keep quiet about proclaiming Him? No; we, in this context have to proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church No: 2123 says “Many . . . of our contemporaries either do not at all perceive, or explicitly reject, this intimate and vital bond of man to God. Atheism must therefore be regarded as one of the most serious problems of our time.”
We have many witnesses in the Church who gave their life for the love of the person of Jesus. We should too, for Jesus says “Anyone who loses His life for my sake, and for the sake of the Gospel, will save it.
Yours in the Eucharistic Lord