March 3, Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Daily Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Gospel: Luke 9:22-25
Following Jesus is not a matter of convenience, but it is a matter of conviction.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus says, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me." For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever wishes to lose his life for the sake of my life will gain it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself? " (Luke 9:23-25).
Is Jesus legitimizing self-hatred? Walking in the footsteps of Jesus entails an act of love with firm conviction. To walk with him means a disciple is ready to do "spiritual amputation" rather than remain in sin. Sin leads us to seek convenience; grace teaches us to desire conviction.
The constant journey from convenience to conviction needs sacrifice—to break away from sin and carry one’s cross and follow Jesus. The pain of following Jesus should pinch a person—moving away from sin and moving forward with Jesus’ grace and power.
Why and how do you intend to follow Jesus?
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.