Glad to hear that Hannah.
I was worried that you had reservations.
The Holy Spirit needs an open mind.
“If anyone does not take up his cross and follow me, he cannot be my disciple.”
The cross forces each soul to ask, “What are my motives? Do I really love Jesus?” This saying forces the soul to look within. If it finds love, then it will follow. If it does not find love, then it must search for it. Without love, the soul will begin the journey but will never complete it. The soul will overcome trials only by some inner love for Jesus that forces it to go on.
“Whoever looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
These words challenge the soul to greatness, to conquer their own heart and the passions that flow within. Only a purified heart can receive God’s gifts, so these words protect the soul from shameless ventures that would defile the soul.
“If your eye is a scandal, then pluck it out.”
These words contain a hidden wisdom which is needed because this world is not perfect. These words are needed for this time on earth, until that which is perfect comes. Just a little while. That is all Jesus asks. Discipline your eyes.
“Unless a man deny himself, he cannot be my disciple.”
My Son came to gain divine life for you. Can you receive the new if you cling to the old?
“Seek first the Kingdom of God.”
What else should you seek? Does my Son offer you half a loaf? Or give you bread that perishes? He gives you a noble task, worthy of the human person. He created you for the kingdom.
“The seed falling into the ground must die, or it remains alone.”
Jesus has placed great treasures within you. Will you take these to your grave still unopened? A seed that does not die is an unopened treasure, worthy only to be cast out. Its existence has served no purpose.
“It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
When Jesus said these words, his heart was sorrowful and broken. He had done all he could to save Judas. However, Judas had made his decision and had departed the Last Supper. More grace was fruitless. No one enters the kingdom just because they have received much grace (as Judas had). The free will must speak its “yes” to God’s grace.