If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing even to give up their lives to follow me.                                   (Mark 8:34)


On one side stands the crowd. Jeering. Baiting. Demanding. On the other stands a peasant. Swollen lips. Lumpy eye. Lofty promise. One promises acceptance, the other a cross. One offers flesh and flash, the other offers faith.

The crowd challenges: “Follow us and fit in.” Jesus promises, “Follow me and stand out.”

They promise to please. God promises to save. God looks at you and asks, “Which will be your choice.?”

Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.