Are We Willing To Accept Our Cross?
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
Jesus says, “If you want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” He does not say, “Make a cross” or “Look for a cross”. Each of us has a cross to carry. There is no need to make one or look for one. The cross we have is hard enough for us! But are we willing to take it up, to accept it as our cross?
Maybe we can’t study, maybe we are handicapped, maybe we suffer from depression, maybe we experience conflict in our families, maybe we are victims of violence or abuse. We didn’t choose any of it, but these things are our crosses. We can ignore them, reject them, refuse them or hate them. But we can also take up these crosses and follow Jesus with them. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world!
From: Called to Life, Called to Love ---Henri Nouwen