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DG BookGospel: Matthew 16:24-28
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If you want to follow me, deny yourself. Take up your
cross and follow me. For whoever chooses to save his life will lose it, but the one who

but the one who loses his life, for my sake, will find it. What will one gain by winning the whole
world, if he destroys his soul? Or what can a person give, in exchange for his life? Know, that
the Son of Man will come, in the glory of his Father with the holy angels, and he will reward
each one according to his deeds. Truly, I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste
death, before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Reflection:

Ever tried to “lose” something consciously, say like wanting to lose a wallet? It’s pretty hard, right? It is when we
are not conscious of something that we may end up losing it. Now, apply this to “losing one’s life for Christ.” How
hard some people try to “lose” their life for Christ and end up hurting themselves and others! When Jesus invites
us to deny ourselves or lose our lives for him, he isn’t advocating self-inflicted violence. Here is an exercise: Right
at this moment, if you are thinking of your head/ tooth, most probably you are suffering from a headache/ toothache.
Instead, if your head/tooth is healthy, you simply forget you have a head/ tooth, but use it well! The same applies
to life. When you have a healthy attitude to life, you don’t cling to it, but simply “forget” your life and let it fall away,
for greater purposes. There is a “selfforgetfulness” as you relativize your own life and care for the life of others
– a true death that we let in without violence.

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