Jesus calls us to a life of Self Denial that we may gain life. That is only partly true. Self Denial is actually not the point. Denying oneself is the necessary condition for taking up your cross and following Jesus. Let's put that a little differently. You can't take up your cross and follow Jesus without first laying down your life. This Sunday we will reflect on this activity. How do we do this? What does it accomplish? Why is this the smartest thing you will ever do?