National Bible Week: Daily Reading - A Gift to Me

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This article is a sample from the Saint Mary's Press Book Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens. Please feel free to use these reflections with you young people.

A Gift to Me

He called the crowd with his disciples,
and said to them, If any want to
become my followers, let them deny
themselves and take up their cross and
follow me.

(Mark 8:34)

Throughout this Gospel, Mark shows us three qualities of discipleship. First, it is a gift to be called by God. Jesus called the first disciples, and he calls us. Discipleship is also a privilege, and a privilege is not to be taken for granted. This privilege needs to be fed and grown, and not kept in the box of what we thought about our faith as a child. Finally, Mark shows us that discipleship is all about following Jesus. How simple. How challenging. What things are you doing to keep your faith growing and maturing? How will you follow Jesus this week?

Thank you, Lord, for the gift and the privilege of being a disciple of Christ. Open my eyes to the unique way you are calling me to live out this gift.

>To go deeper: Read Total Commitment near Mark 8:34 in The Catholic Youth Bible.

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Published October 1, 2004.