Hardly modulating the tone, the Lord continued to speak, now to the whole group: “If any one of you plans to come after me, you’d better take up your cross to follow me! If you strive to save your life, you’re going to lose it. But if you’re willing to lose your life for my sake, you will find it. “What good would it be if you gained the whole world only to lose your life? Or what could you give in return for your life? “Those who are ashamed of me and of my words … of them will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory, in the glory of the Father, with the holy angels….
Walter Wangerin Jr.