As Jesus prepared to travel from Galilee up to Jerusalem, He reminded His followers that they faced a tough road ahead of them. In doing so, He predicted His own Passion and reminded His disciples that there is no joy without some suffering.
The cross is a symbol of both suffering and triumph. Neither happens without the other. If I suffer, one day I shall triumph. If I win, I must count the costs.
O God, help me to keep my perspective. May I exhibit total trust in You and Your plan today.