…great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them…
Jesus is talking today not only to his apostles who made mind to fallow him but
He talks to the crowds – presents to masses challenges of fallowing him
You have to make decision to hate your family??
What does it mean?
It is Semitic phraseology that says that everything and everyone in your life has to be
secondary in relation to Jesus Christ
Your children, wife, parents, your mission of making this world better place,
Everything !!! He wants to be first, before all and above all!
I have been 4 years priest, 8 years in the seminary and 2 more since I converted, 14
years and im struggling a lot with Gospel
.. whoever does not carry his own cross cannot be my disciple….
Why do we carry crosses? To die on them..
Our crosses in many ways kill us
They kill our pride, our need for being smarter than others,
They kill attachment to wrong passions, desires
To being liked, respected, honored.
Cross is a tool for cleansing us
So everything that is not from God can die in me
Cross and my dying there create desert, emptiness, vacant place
Where God is waiting to come and take me into possession, ownership,
To transform me,
So he can live in us and through us
The thing about cross it that it requires full consciousness,
full awareness, mindset in order to carry it.
We can not carry cross just by accident –
It’s a decision.
It requires intentionality, being present, being there, to make right decision,
To accept Christ in humiliation, rejection, modesty, poverty, chastity, in freedom
…anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple…
We are called to live simple so others can simply live
And I’m first who is guilty of not rejecting my possessions so I can have more freedom
for Christ and for you and for everyone else
I just bought LED kit to my little black Kia Soul, interior lights so It can look cool…
I knew I don’t need it, but still I bought it
Just wasting of money, when millions of people are starving every day
..If you want to be my disciple..
What does it really mean to be Jesus disciple?
Does it mean to pray every day? Do fasting on Wednesday and Friday ?
Do not dance, do not drink alcohol? Do not play poker, do not wear nice clothes ?
Be always serious ?
Go to church every day?
Looks like What Jesus ask us is way too much
Nobody can do it on his own
Why at all to do it?
Just so you can suffer, lose your job, forgive everyone who hurts you,
Be peacemaker that everyone laugh at you?
Are you now Christ disciples ?
How does it make you different from those who don’t care?
Who don’t forgive, who hold grudges, who are envy and jealous,
who hurt others to achieve their goals ?
Just because you come once a week or even every day does not make you Christ
So what makes me Christ disciple?
Having him above everything in my life
Carrier, family, security, good health, respect
Doing what seems to be impossible.
Being the last one. Being free. Loving enemies, forgiving everyone, being peacemaker
But first of all
As I’m thinking about how impossible is to be and live that way
First of all
Disciple of Christ lives his live intentionally,
Doesn’t let his passions direct his decisions,
Disciple of Christ is a free man. Free person
Who accepts his crosses
Who accept suffering and pain and struggle in his live
Disciple of Christ lives his live to the fullness
This is all. This is the secret.
Doing what seems to be so impossible, so difficult, so challenging,
Making decision towards that, helps me to live my live to the fullness
Means the way God sees is.
Christ lived his live to the fullness
He was freeman
He intentionally went to Jerusalem to die there
He Intentionally died for me
He Intentionally became men
He Intentionally let people spit on him, beat him, and treat him as a trash
All he wants from me to live my life Intentionally, not by accident
He wants us live to the fullness
Fullness of happiness too
It’s possible only when we hate everything else because of him and when we take our
daily crosses and carry them