Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

To Be A True Disciple of Jesus. Breakfast With the Word Luke 9:22-25


Breakfast with the Word Reflection Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Luke 9:22-25


When you go through the scriptures, you will find God’s promises of favour, healing, protection etc. Many people believe that this is only what Christianity is all about.


When they do not seem to get answers to the healing, favour, open doors etc, they lose faith in God. So, to be a true disciple of Jesus goes more than only the favour we receive.


I hope you have heard people say things like “Christianity is a scam”, “Jesus never existed” etc.

These statements are made by those who think that being a true disciple of Jesus only means to have abundant favour, miracle (oru ebube), healing etc. You have seen people who rush to miracle centres seeking signs and wonders (ebe ona akpotu). When their problems remain as is it despite the places they run to, they come back to tell you that Jesus is a scam.


In our prayers, we hear things like “open door is what we are praying and nothing more”. When they seem not to get what they are seeking, they lose faith. Many people wander from one place to another seeking miracles.


In today’s gospel Jesus reminded His disciples that if they truly want to be His disciple they must keep to three things; to deny oneself, take up the cross and come after Jesus.


These are what it means to be a true follower of the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord is not miracle based but for the salvation of our souls.



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To Deny Oneself.


To deny means to openly acknowledge that something is not true. It also means refusal to allow someone to receive or have something.


The self is always occupied with ego, pleasures, inordinate desires, incessant quests, weakness, self-beliefs etc. The point here is that Jesus is not telling us not to take care of ourselves. Jesus is saying that nothing that the self has or wants to have, should take His place in our lives.


So to deny oneself is the refusal to allow our earthly desires, self-ego, weakness etc occupy us to the extent we begin to lose our faith in Him.



Today, we find it hard to have time for the Lord because we are so busy and occupied with many things. We seem to be more interested in the salvation of the body than the salvation of souls.


This is the reason many can go to any extent today to kill, maim, kidnap and sell even their bodies to make money.


Many wander in the nights, some keep sleepless nights to do anything to get what they want but hardly do we spend even one minute in communication with our Creator. In Galatians 2:20, Paul tells his hearers “I have been crucified with Christ, I no longer live, but now Christ lives in me”.


Therefore, to be His follower is to live for His sake. If we are truly His disciple, Jesus should be the first and not the last.




Take Up the Cross.


Next is to take up your cross daily. This statement only is an affirmation that every person has his or her daily crosses to carry. Crosses are not merely suffering, pains or challenges.


The cross goes more than these to mean those things that would have made you lose faith in God. They may come in the form of weakness of the human body. You wake up to pray but your body says no.


They may also come in the form of temptations. You want to keep going without sinning against God but temptations keep coming.


They can also be the mistakes you have made that wanted to drift your faith away. It can also be in the form of insults and persecutions, betrayals etc.


Sometimes you meet people who make fun of your faith and reduce you to an object of scorn because of what you believe and how close you are to God. You will find this in your families, schools, among your classmates, age mates, friends etc.

Jesus says, if you are truly His disciples, be willing to take these as sacrifices you have to make for Him. So praying for favours and open doors is not wrong, but to be a true disciple of Jesus is to remain strong even when things come against you.


To be a Christian is not only during Christmas, new year and valentine celebration. It also involves the lent and good Friday. We have to be willing to make sacrifices especially in this Lenten period.


Come After Him.


To come after someone means to follow the person in a logical sequence. It also means to learn from him and live the way he lived.


The Greek word used here is καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι (kai akoloutheitō moi) meaning to follow, come after, and to be in the same way with someone.


To come after Jesus then goes beyond merely being a church member to live the way Jesus lived. It is when we learn to be in the same with the Lord.


It is the yearning to be good, humble, peaceful, faithful to God, and merciful. A true follower of Jesus is not only a saint in the public, but in secret, He is the worst. A true follower of Jesus is not only good in the church but at home, he or she creates division everywhere.


He, who is a true follower of Jesus does not scatter souls and make them go astray. He makes his/her life become a living gospel for others to read.


In the reading, Jesus says that He who lives His life for God’s sake must surely find it. The Lenten season is a call to know truly what our call is and live to become it. So the question for you and me is ; are we sure, that we are true followers of Jesus?


May God helps us to live the way He wants, may He continue to give us the grace to come close to Him. Amen.




  1. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Thank you Father
    Remain blessed

  2. Ani Uche says


  3. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  4. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Give us grace Lord to follow through to the end

  5. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen…. Oh Lord, grant me more grace to take my cross daily and follow You

  6. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Amen, well done Padre

    1. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre

  7. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for today’s breakfast. Lord I need your touching.
    Please hold me tight and never allow me to go astray.

  8. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen, thank you Father.

  9. Angela Madu says


  10. Obinna says


    Thank you Fr.

  11. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


    1. Oliver says

      Thank you father for this piece,I’m grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to understand his word today through you and I pray he’ll always make me remember all he has for me.

  12. Mailoushi James says


  13. Ada Ndubuisi says


  14. Olomu Chinedu says

    Much thanks Fr. Now have a greater idea of what “Crosses” entail. May we persevere to the end.

  15. Nancy chizoba says


  16. Blessing Anne says

    I need your grace O Lord everyday of my life.

  17. Nonye Maduka says


  18. Mrs Blessing Chilo says

    Your grace oh Lord is all I asked to follow you in good times and in bad through Christ our Lord Amen

  19. Chisom Egwudike says

    Lord! Grant me the grace to be true to you both in the open and in secret. Amen


    Give me your grace o Lord…Amen

  21. Ibekwe Nneamaka Constansia says

    Amen 🙏

  22. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amem.Goood morning Fr

  23. Ikeoha Joy Chidiogo says

    Amen. God your grace is all I ask for, to always abide by your words, In Jesus name. Amen. God bless you.

  24. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Amen. Oh Lord help with your grace to be the true follower of your son Christ 🙏🙏

  25. Kubiat says


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  27. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen. Lord, I need your grace for your grace is sufficient for me.

  28. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  29. Chinwe Agwoile says

    I appreciate that Jesus invites me to the acceptance of my DAILY CROSSES. He has taught me that Life is not all about pleasure and enjoyment; that Sufferings and troubles are inevitable in life; that I should accept and bear them just as I do when things are pleasant and good. May I become a Living Gospel for others to Read. So help me Lord!
    Daalu, Ezimmadu!
    My Sweet Jesus, help me to make big and small self-sacrifices during this special penitential season, for this is the way I can gain eternal life. Help me to know and accept the fact that there are things I must endure in life just as there are things I enjoy. Lord I want to behold your heavenly glory after my sojourn on earth. Amen.

    1. Uchenna Obeta says


  30. Christian says

    Amen 🙏

  31. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Lord give me the grace to be a true follower of yours.

  32. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. I pray for sufficient grace to carry my daily cross and follow Jesus in humility and obedience.

  33. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


  34. Adichie Chizoba says

    Lord give me the grace to be your true follower . Amen

  35. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr, for all the inspiring msges.

    May God give us the grace to be a true follower of Christ, not just in words but in action/practice, Amen!

  36. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  37. Okwuchi Juliet says

    🙏 Amen

  38. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God I need your Grace

  39. Helen says

    Amen. Dear Lord, grant us Your grace to find joy in following You.

    Thank you Padre for all your good works. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  40. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Father

  41. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, Lord Jesus, I have decided to follow you, please accept n give me the grace never to stray away but draw me closer to urself each day and always. Amen

  42. Ibeawuchi Monica says


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  44. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says


  45. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

  46. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says


  47. Oliver says

    Thank you father for this piece,I’m grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to understand his word today through you and I pray he’ll always make me remember all he has for me.

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