Thursday, February 24, 2011

Daily Thought: Be One of the Few

"Jesus has many lovers of his heavenly kingdom these days, but few of them carry his cross.  He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire affliction.  He has many friends to share his meals, but few to share his fasts.  Everyone is eager to rejoice with him, but few are willing to endure anything for him.  Many follow Jesus up to the breaking of the bread, but few as far as drinking from the chalice of his Passion.  Many admire his miracles, but few pursue the shame of his cross.  Many love Jesus as long as no difficulties touch them.  Many praise and bless him as long as they receive  comfort from him.  But if Jesus hides himself and leaves them awhile, they either complain or fall into a deep depression." ~ Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, p. 77

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