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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Luke 9:22-25), Jesus gives us the Good News and the bad news:

[22]  [Jesus said to His disciples], “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” [23]  And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  [24] For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.  [25] For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? “

Jesus offers a stark assessment of what it means to be a disciple:

There is no easy way and Christ urges us to not take the easy way.  Our lives depend on it.