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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 1, 2015

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SUNDAY, March 1   2 Lent

Mark 8:34 Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

The other day, I got home and realized that I had left my key in my office. Of course, I had left my key on the day when I was most tired. I took a deep breath, looked at the door, looked at the lock, and suddenly started laughing. I knew that no matter how long I stood in front of the door or how long I entertained magical thoughts, I needed my keys. So I went back to the office, picked up my keys, came back to the door, and opened it. The lesson for the day was: I need my keys to get into my house.

Jesus gives us clarity about what it means to follow him and to be his disciples. If we want to follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him.

To open the lock of discipleship we need a key. Jesus’ words provide a key, and it is different for each person. Take the key and embrace the cross. Jesus is right.

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbale (Uganda)

Ps 22:22-30; Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

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