TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
‘Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple’.
What is a disciple? According to GK Chesterton, Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble. Being a disciple, then, is exceedingly rewarding but extraordinarily demanding. It is much more than being a follower. It is in essence the call to become who Jesus would be if He were you. Wearing a cross does not make you a disciple; carrying your cross does. The halfway Christian is a contradiction. As St. Thomas More was being led to his execution on July 6th 1535 for refusing to bend to the will of King Henry VIII he uttered the immortal words: ‘I die the king’s loyal servant, but God’s first.’ That is what it means to be a disciple.