Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” ~Mark 8:34
Still trekking! Two weeks ago we climbed up a mountain over 9000 feet into thin air with Jesus and explored the mysteries of our faith. Last week we ran behind him as he was driven into the desert by the Spirit to face, hunger thirst, isolation and temptation.
This week the journey continues as he challenges us to renounce ourselves, carry a cross and follow him…it’s not getting any easier, where are we going Jesus?
What choice do we have, is there another road to take, something less rough? Robert Frost’s famous poem of taking “the road less traveled” might come to mind as Jesus calls us to follow him. Certainly, taking the road to Calvary was taking the road less traveled, as is taking up the responsibility of following Christ, even on a road as rough as the road to the cross.
Yet, this is the road Jesus offers us when we choose to follow him. Peter found the path of Jesus’ imminent death so shocking that he tried to knock him off course.
Jesus’ harsh response to Peter reminded him, as they remind us today, that this “road less traveled,” this path of Christian discipleship, is not to be romanticized as an easy path to obtain heavenly rewards. This can be a journey with rough edges, deep potholes, narrow pathways, and sorrowful endings.
Choosing the rough road is a challenging choice, but a choice that leads to heavenly rewards, not just in the hereafter, but in the here and now, we’ll look more closely at the “rough road” the one less traveled on Sunday.
~Adapted from Mary Scifres Ministries