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Jesus Carries His Cross

Jesus Carries His Cross

‘And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary‘ (Lk 19:17)

‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me‘ (Lk 9:23).  We all must carry crosses in our lives.  Sometimes they are obvious to all, sometimes they are unseen, even by those who know us well.

The cross is often inescapable:  ‘even the Philistines’, as Jesus might have said, ‘carry their crosses’.  So how are we – as Christians – to carry our own crosses?

We look to Jesus to learn.  Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried…  Yet the gravest of injustices drew no complaint from the victim; not so much as a murmur.  In Gethsemane, he had brought his true thoughts and feelings to his Father in prayer.  He then accepted his Father’s will – and therefore his cross – graciously.  He shouldered his cross with every ounce of energy he could muster from his beaten and torn body and carried out the Father’s will faithfully.

St Josemaria Escriva advised: don’t drag the Cross…Carry it squarely on your shoulder, because your Cross, if you carry it so, will not be just any Cross: it will be…the Holy Cross. Don’t bear your Cross with resignation: resignation is not a generous word. Love the Cross. When you really love it, your Cross will be…a Cross, without a Cross. 

My most gracious and patient Lord Jesus,

as I meditate on you carrying your cross,

I ask you for the grace to take up my cross each day

graciously, generously and without so much as a murmur.

I pray that I may always see where I can help others carry their cross,

knowing that in doing so together, we build up your Kingdom here on earth.

Help me when I stumble, Lord,

to remember that you are there with outstretched hand

and give me the grace to rise again, as often as I stumble,

confident in your mercy, love and forgiveness.




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