“If any of you wants to be my follower,
you must turn from your selfish ways,
take up your cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Jesus says to his disciples:
Happy are you needy ones:
The kingdom of God is yours.
Happy are you who are hungry:
You will be satisfied.
Happy are you who weep now:
You will be filled with laughter.
Rejected, insulted, happy are you;
Be glad and dance with joy.
Jesus said: Take up your cross.
We will follow you, O Christ,
into the needs of the world,
into the truth of our lives,
into the pain of our hearts,
into the presence of God. Amen.
~ written by Brian Woodcock. Posted on Patmos Abbey—The Order of Saint Columba.