Luke 9:23-25 NRSVue
23Then he said to them all, “If any wish to come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25For what does it profit them if they gain the whole world but lose or forfeit themselves?
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Some thoughts on this scripture
When we start a spiritual journey with Ignatius Loyola, as when we pray in /Sacred Space/, we start from where we are, not from where we would like to be. He started his journey as an almost illiterate ex-soldier, and went back to primary school, learning to read and write. /In prayer/, he used to say, /God taught me like a schoolboy/. He watched the movements in his own heart, and by reflecting on that experience, he became a spiritual master.
Lord, as you taught Ignatius, make me your pupil too.
Lent invites me to consider what I am really looking for as I hear Jesus say that it is possible to gain the world and lose oneself. I ask God to help me, through my time of quiet and prayer, to recognise how I am being called to life.
There are many ways in which I can enjoy the gains and benefits of the world. How do these distract me from what is for my lasting good? For what wisdom might I ask?