Mark 8: 27-35 When Jesus tells us that we must take up our cross and follow Him and suffer, He isn’t saying that our cross is the diabetes we have, or arthritis, or our mother-in-law. He is talking about the sacrifices and suffering that result from our following Him. Those who accept suffering that comes from allegiance to Jesus are the true disciples. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a true disciple of Jesus, understood well the cost of discipleship (also witness those in Africa, Asia, and south America who suffer and die for the faith. Bonhoeffer wrote: “When Jesus calls…He bids…’come and die’. Discipleship means allegiance to the suffering Christ, and it is therefore not at all surprising that Christians should be called to suffer.”
As Jesus says at the end of today’s Gospel, whatever we endure is for His sake and the sake of the Gospel. Being a discipleship is not a passive thing but a voluntary choice to follow the master wherever He leads.