“What on earth could Jesus mean by saying we have to hate everything and everyone and take up one’s own cross to follow him?” Jasmine had often pondered over this statement. “Can he really mean hate, or is he using exaggerated language to make his point?” When her husband left her for another woman she was devastated. There were times when she felt as if she hated him and even the whole world. Gradually as she came to see Jesus’ statement differently she realised that for her not having that earthly attachment could be a way forward.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” From Luke14:25-33.
Pope Francis. The joy of the gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything. The evils of our world, and those of the church must not be excuses for diminishing our commitment and our fervour. EG 84