What Disciples Do

Part One

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‘Whoever does not carry the cross

and follow me cannot be my disciple.’ Luke 14:27

Recently a perplexed parishioner came to me and said, “I’m quite confused over the verse, ‘Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.’ Just what does it mean to bear the cross in our time? If Christ is no longer with us, as he was for the first disciples, then how can we know what he requires of us today?