t’s a natural experience to desire winning as most of us do not don’t like the experience of losing. Trying to live our faith can be truly challenging. We need to go through a constant conversion so it may change our way of seeing things.
In today’s Gospel we are invited, not to win but to lose, in order to win: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Jesus invites us to win by losing! Prior to hearing Jesus’ words we may ask ourselves: What and why should I lose? What will I find or win when I lose? Following Jesus certainly will imply losing many things in order to win greater ones: losing selfishness to win self-giving or charity, letting go of resentments to live forgiveness, give up trying to control things and grow in our trust in God to take control.
The list can go on, and it’s an invitation for us to create our personal list (about what we need to lose in our lives in order to find our goal). But first we might ask ourselves: “What do I want to win in my life?” What we want to win should be great enough or we should at least know which things are ultimately of more value in order to be willing to lose.
The saints perfectly understood Jesus’ invitation that’s why they lived or died the way they did. One great example for us is Saint Paul. He showed with his life and death what winning was to him: “Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would be a positive gain.” Phil 1:21BACK TO LIST