He called the crowd to him, with his disciples. ”If any of you want to come the way I’m going,” he said, “you must say no to your own selves, pick up your cross, and follow me. Yes: if you want to save your life, you’ll lose it; but if you lose your life because of me and the message you’ll save it. After all, what use is it to win the world and lose your life?” (8:34-36)
This one just has to be the passage highlighted today. They are not comfortable or easy words, but this saying of Jesus is the most often stated saying in the gospels. It appears six times in some form or another. Not John 3:16. This one about self-denial. Interesting!