During Lent one of the things I try to do weekly is the Stations of the Cross. Most parishes have “live” stations or you can do them with Cursillo via Zoom. One of the reasons I love the Stations of the Cross is to reflect on my own failings and to be reminded of Jesus’ own falling under the weight of the cross and getting up again. I will fall but I too can get up again and go on. It is Jesus himself who calms my fears and extends his forgiveness and peace. He invites me to go on, not alone but with him at my side.
I may never have to hang on a cross as Jesus did, but I still have my own “crosses” to bear. By viewing the cross as a symbol for my own problems and sufferings, I join my cross to the problems and sufferings Jesus faced. As Jesus carried his cross, I ask his help in carrying my own. He gives that help to all who believe in his resurrection.
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, to make life hard, or to give out rules. He came to help me handle my problems and struggles through his death and resurrection. This week during the Stations of the Cross, let us reflect upon our “crosses” and realize his was MUCH heavier than ours !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug