I selected the image of a hiker to reflect on this week’s Gospel because Jesus reminds us that following him can have some challenging moments but the view from the top will be an awesome reward. We are called to help each other get to the top but Jesus shows us the way!
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus gives his disciples a heads up to the future and what is going to happen to him. Naturally, Peter’s first reaction is to not want to accept the fact that his beloved friend would face such a hardship but Jesus quickly rebukes him to point out that it is God’s plan and no one should stand in the way. He reacts rather harshly to Peter.
He then goes on to explain what it means to follow him. It is not easy always but it will always be worth it. Jesus shows us what it truly means to love through sacrifice and he calls us to follow.
Just reflecting on this aspect of what it means to love, I recall how my Dad would say to each of us, “ I am offering up my day for you,” when he knew we were struggling with the ups and downs of life. We always felt better knowing that he was with us in this beautiful way. Now as adult children we do the same with him and our own children. What better lesson can come of love than this?