Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem where he knows that death awaits him, but he knows that challenges also lie ahead for those who follow him. In this test we encounter several warnings he provides to his disciples about the dangers they will face - dangers that are ours too as disciples of Christ today. Though as we read, we initially feel the weight of these warnings and dangers, we are not left to despair or face them alone. The gospel once again proves a marvellous encouragement to all who chose to follow Jesus as his disciples, even in the face of these challenges. God's great love and great grace give strength for all that lies ahead.