Jesus Carries the Cross
by Fr. Peter deSousa
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Luke 23:26-43.
We meet various people when Jesus carried his cross on the road to
Calvary. There is Simon of Cyrene who is forced to help Jesus carry
his cross, lest Jesus dies on the road through loss of blood. Veronica
is not mentioned in the Bible. It is a beautiful story of tenderness
and love shown like the woman in Matthew 26:6-13. There are the women
of Jerusalem who wept and wailed for Jesus. There were the two
thieves, one of whom "stole Heaven from the cross", by believing in
Jesus and seeking his pardon and help. There were the soldiers who
kicked and whipped him and finally crucified him. Finally there was
John and Mary his Mother and a few women who did not run away but
accompanied Jesus to the end.
We can perhaps identify with some or all of them in our journey
through life. When we carry our cross, we find some of these people
accompanying us and helping us. There are others who add to our pain
and misery. When we carry the cross, perhaps we at times can turn to
others to help them as Jesus did to the very end, instead of only
focusing on our own pain.
Everyone has a cross to carry. I am a sinner who is invited to make
reparation for my sins and the sins of the world by joining Jesus on
the way of the cross. As a disciple I am pruned to bear more fruit
through the crosses of life. The cross reminds me that all the
pleasures and securities of this world are passing. The cross reminds
me of others who are suffering even more than I am so that I can
comfort them with the same comfort that I receive. (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)
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