“Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily (καθ᾽ἡμέραν) and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.’” (Lk 9: 23-24)
The word(s) “daily” (καθ᾽ἡμέραν) in Christ’s commandment to “all,” to take up their cross, did not enter the “textus receptus” of the Gospel, but they are abundantly attested in the most ancient manuscripts of Scripture. So my decision to take up my cross, to follow Him, and to “lose” myself, to give myself away, for His sake, is to be renewed on a daily basis.
I find this “daily” approach to cross-carrying very refreshing, very encouraging. Because God knows it would not suffice, under the ever-changing circumstances of human existence, to make this decision to take up the cross just once, or to make it only on Sundays. No, He invites me to take it up again today, on Monday, and start anew.
So let me “lose” myself again today, letting go of any neediness or self-seeking that may have crept into my heart and behaviour. Let me follow Him again, in His Self-giving, which “saves” my life, bringing me growth. The path of the cross takes me out of the stagnation and vicious circles of self-centeredness, bringing the quiet rewards of new life in Him.