Christians who truly live their faith often suffer humiliation, and they should do so with patience and a sense of joy, Pope Francis said in his daily Mass homily this morning at the chapel of the St. Martha Residence in the Vatican. The Holy Father stressed the importance of sacrifice in living the Christian life. Francis warned that many Christians are not unlike Peter, who after Jesus' words in today's Gospel (Luke 9:18-22) was greatly scandalized by the reality that following Jesus would mean following him to the cross.
"This is just like many Christians, who declare that 'I will follow you to this point, but no further.' This is a temptation of a spiritual well-being," the Pope warned. Not unlike the rich young ruler, Francis said, “the scandal of the Cross continues to block many Christians. The proof if somebody is a true Christian is his or her ability to endure humiliations with joy and patience.”
The Holy Father concluded his remarks by saying that Christians today face a choice of whether to be Christians of convenience or Christians of true faith who follow the way of the Savior. A choice “whether to be a Christian of well-being or a Christian close to Jesus.”