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“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” –Luke 14:27
Some people shoulder light loads that are easily carried, while others bear bigger burdens. The diagnosis at the doctor’s office that changes the very metric of our lives: that’s a sobering hour that’s hard to live past. If the roof really is falling in and there’s no money to fix it, we’re paralyzed as to how to proceed. The addictions of adult children, the unemployment of a spouse, the persistent memories of old injuries that echo into the present are real obstacles to happiness. We all carry crosses even if others can’t see them.
Still we follow after Jesus. The Way of the Cross is among the most popular devotions for a reason, as we stagger and fall and get up and continue. We’re judged and betrayed, stripped and abandoned, then offered unexpected kindnesses along the way. Death is at the end of this path, and more. We journey forward together, believing in that “more.”
Reflect on your personal crosses. Who or what makes it possible to carry them?
LET US PRAY… God of majesty and glory, we bow down and confess our smallness before you. Humility may feel uncomfortable to wear, but it’s an accurate fit for our place in your Creation. Guide us in a life of praise that, little by little, makes the virtue of humility a joyful exercise of truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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