Jas 4: 1-10 Altruism is an important part of being a disciple of Jesus. This simply means that we learn to be concerned for the needs of others and not just our own. Our faith is most truly expressed through concern for others. Look at the example of Jesus. He tells us during his ministry in both word and deed that he came not to be served but to serve! This must become the basis for our life of discipleship. Let us seek how we can best serve in the Kingdom of God.

 Jesus, help me to ask not so much what you can do for me but how I am able to best serve the brothers and sisters around me.

 Mk 9: 30-37 Jesus makes it very clear that following him will not be an easy road to walk. This is the second of the ‘take up you cross and follow me’ passages. It is important to realise that there is a cost involved in following Jesus. For the martyrs, the cost is their lives! This will probably not happen to us but in some ways the daily martyrdom of obedience to God’s word, if we truly take it up seriously, is just as difficult.

 Jesus, help me to have the grace and strength of will to pay the price of discipleship. Help me to be faithful in following you wherever you lead me.