Carrying the Cross with Jesus
The image of our Lord Jesus’ carrying the cross on Calvary is much more present to us in this period of Lent through the readings of the liturgy and our preparation for Easter. But Jesus carrying the cross is among us all the days on the faces of our brothers and sisters who suffer physical or psychological illnesses , family dramas, financial crises, wars and persecutions. The Christ carrying the Cross that was mocked and mistreated, ignored and maligned, misunderstood and underestimated is all the days in our midst.
How to help Jesus carrying the cross?
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’. (Matthew 25: 35-36)
In our lives then we are all carrying crosses and we can all be like Simon of Cyrene, who, the return from the fields after a hard day of work meets the salvation in Christ Jesus. In both cases either the cross or our ‘yes’’ to help our brothers are opportunities for our sanctification and transformation of our lives in alive prayer.
The effort of the Cross …
It’s hard to be the bearers of ones self cross-and even more difficult to bear the cross of others, even Simon of Cyrene was forced to do so, but only after the resurrection, He realized what he had done and his life changed ‘.
Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:38)
Let’s draw the love of Christ through prayer in order to be able to carry our crosses and help our brothers and sisters in this journey close with Jesus’, let’s reflect on our faces the smile of the risen Christ, our only goal after Calvary.
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