Apr10FriApril 10, 2020
The Way of the Cross leads to the resurrection. Lent leads to Easter and finds its meaning and fulfillment in Easter. Without the resurrection, suffering and self-denial would make no sense.
The great gift of Christian spirituality can be stated in a single word – life! God has taken the symbol of death – the cross – and turned it into a symbol of life. For this to happen, Jesus had to accept his own cross, and God had to meet him in his death and transform death into life.
The crosses in our life that we take up as an act of following Jesus are similarly transformed into something we could never imagine. What appears to be loss becomes gain. What appears to be death becomes life. This is the mystery of our life in Christ.
Take some time to reflect on what Jesus is asking you to do as he invites you to take up your cross and follow him. Consider the givens of your existence that you might wish to change if you had the ability to do so. What would be different if you were to embrace these realities – to accept them as part of your cross and to expect to meet God in the midst of them? Pray for eyes to see Christ in your recent sufferings and afflictions, small or large as they may be, and choose to accept these as opportunities to walk with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.
Rejoice every time you discover a new area of your life that you cannot change but would naturally wish you could. For in this weakness and inability you have the opportunity to fall into the hands of the living God. You will not fall as long as you cling to the illusion of self-control and mastery. Neither will you discover that you are held. Accept the good news that it is in your weakness that God’s power is perfected. Allow your cross to become Christ’s cross, and his yours. This too is choosing God. This too is learning to choose God’s way and God’s will.