Bible Passages / Lenten Meditation

Lenten Meditation-Mark 8:35

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Those are the soldiers of Jesus who march into battle. Those that fight the battle use the gospel as their only weapon.  Those that win hearts and souls with their weapon wield it without fear or doubt. Those only with deep and strong faith can master this weapon.

However, we who do not want to believe Jesus’ message that we are his foot soldiers; we who cower at the thought that we are the front line of defense against a most powerful force; we who hide like cowards to save our lives; we who close our mouths and turn away from the Truth; we who know in our hearts and in our souls that true life resides in faith in Jesus Christ and the Gospel. We have this turmoil running deep within our worldly body where this battle takes place.

Here the Kingdom of God is fighting from within us. Here this epic battle is endlessly fought against that powerful force. Here that force seeks to sap our inner convictions, fills us with worldly doubts, shames us to hide, betray and lose this life God has prepared for us. Those, then, are us who must be unified behind the one true weapon and the one true King to save this life.

Prayer: Lord God, the life I have comes from you. Your Kingdom resides in me. Teach me to overcome my fears and doubts and let the light of Your Kingdom shine through me for all to see. Amen.

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