St Paul affirms what Jesus taught, by word and action and what the Church teaches.
St Augustine said – Love (as Jesus loved) and do what you like, because what you like would be just and good.
Selfless love fulfills the commandments.
If you love your spouse will not commit adultery;
If you love your enemy you will not kill;
If you love your neighbor you will not steal; or covet,
If you love the foreigner and immigrant and you will not abuse or oppress.
Jesus says - to love others in this inclusive and radical way is not a burden, but it is a cross.
He tells us - whoever does not carry his cross and follow him cannot be his friend.
To me this cross looks a lot like ongoing selfless love and it certainly looks like following Jesus.
And today it also looks like carrying this cross is Wisdom.
In following Jesus (doing what he does) we are like a builder who calculates correctly the cost of construction as so insures success or a king who marches into battle only after planning his strength, as so insures victory.
We must pick up our cross, daily, time and time again, always following Jesus by renouncing disordered attachment to the things of this world, and by turning our backs to self-centeredness that separates us from God and other.
But, if we abandon the cross, things and self-love will become our little gods and there will be no room for God or neighbor.
And if we do not love God and neighbor, we are not carrying our cross and if we are not carrying our cross, we surely we not following Jesus. And if we are not following Jesus, we are surly lost.
that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge.”