In today’s gospel we hear one of three announcements of Jesus’ upcoming suffering, death, and resurrection that appear in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In each case the three letter Greek word dei is used. This little word is translated “must” or “it is necessary.” It has the sense of this must happen according to God’s will and plan for our salvation. These three announcements are like a crescendo building up to Jesus’ actual death and resurrection.
This is followed immediately in today’s gospel with what we must do as Jesus’ disciples. We are to deny ourselves and follow Christ. This means to realize that we are not at the center of our existence. Our life-long faith journey is about giving glory to God and being joyful and humble servants to our sisters and brothers in need.
When have you especially realized what you must do as a disciple of Christ? What helps you to follow Christ wholeheartedly?