You’ve probably heard the expression, “we all have our own cross to bear.” No issue what denomination of Christianity you belong to, “bearing one’s cross,” is a far-reaching component of that journey.
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I’ve been hearing that expression generally lately. I have actually friends going via some heartbreaking life situations. A few of them have embraced their instance as their “cross to bear,” and also others … well, they are not sure what to make of what life has thrown at them. One friend literally looks choose a deer in the headlights.
After hearing my friends sheight of their crosses to bear, I believed around my very own. Guess what? I don’t have actually any. Seriously. I don’t.
At this time, my life situation is pretty excellent. My household is in good health and we all have tasks. We’ve had some challenges over the years, yet as a whole we’ve been extremely blessed.
The only genuine cross I’ve had actually to bear was my mommy and you can read about her here.
This disturbs me a little and sort of scares me. I’m not brave prefer the saints so I won’t be praying for God to sfinish me a cross.
Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflection the other day made me think even more:
Jesus summed up his teaching via a word that should have actually been gut-wrenching to his first century audience: “Whoever does not bring his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Now, his listeners kbrand-new what the cross meant. It intended a fatality in utter agony, nakedness, and humiliation. They didn’t think of the cross instantly in spiritual terms, as we perform, for they knew it in every one of its awful power.
Yet Jesus areas this devastating image at the structure of the spiritual life. Unless you crucify your ego, you cannot be my folreduced.
But how have to we take up our own cross? It requires not simply being willing to experience, however being willing to endure as Jesus did, soaking up violence and hatred through our forgiveness and also non-violent love, thereby transcreating it.
We turn to Jesus on his cross and carry ours in imitation–loving what he loved, despising what he despised. We “come after him” with very own sacrificial love. – Fr. Robert Barron, Lenten Reflection Day 17
I cannot be a follower of Christ unless I crucify my ego? Willing to suffer? Absorbing violence and hatred? Oh dear. I all of a sudden feel sick to my stomach.
How have to I take up my very own cross as soon as I honestly feel I don’t have one? The image of Simon helping Christ delivering the cross concerned mind.
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The remainder of this Lent (and more than likely beyond), I’ve decided to be choose Simon and help those bear their crosses through prayer and also whatever else I have the right to perform. I’m going to pray that the Lord guides me with this because I absolutely don’t want to gain in His way!
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