There is nothing you can give to recover your life. Mark 8:37
Jesus called the people and his disciples and said, ” If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; and if you lose your life for my sack and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it ” Mark 8:35 To follow him is to follow the same path that took Jesus to the cross. To reach maturity it is necessary to renounce our life.
It is necessary to lose oneself as Abraham who, in his old age, went to strange lands, Moses who agreed to be the leader of an irresponsible people and Mary, who entered a path wherein nobody could understand or help her. To rid oneself of this provisionary existence so as to be reborn from God.
Taking up our cross is accepting freely the sacrifices that the Father sends each day. In other words, we must risk ourselves to find a lifestyle as the foot steps of Jesus which is opposite to the world. For Jesus said that whoever had left houses or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or lands for his sake and for the Gospel, would not lose his reward. And in the world to come would receive eternal life.
Jesus taught his disciples that the Son of Man had to suffer many things and rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. He would be killed and after three days rise again. He had to freely go to his death because self-sacrifice is the only means for the salvation of the world. Jesus suffered and died because this is the fate of sinners. He is the perfect Man who bears the destiny of humanity to recover our life. He knows best what is winning the whole world but losing one’s life because there is nothing we can give to recover our life.
We need to appreciate how precious life is.