Jesus makes it clear that to follow him means that we will carry a cross. As we confront whatever is hard and difficult in our lives today, may we open our hearts to God’s grace at work within us…trusting that the one who was victorious over his cross will transform our own as well.
The Lord’s invitation to “Take up your cross” challenges us to see the struggles we face as a participation in the saving work of Christ. As we embrace our crosses may we also trust in God’s grace for the strength we need.
Jesus speaks in direct and blunt language: to be a disciple means that we follow His example as we take up our Cross and follow Him. What’s more, the Cross is far more than simple suffering; when we take up our Cross we commit our lives to the service, care and compassion of others…just as Christ offered His life for our salvation.
The Lord invites us to follow Him and take up our Cross as we crucify selfishness and sin. As we repent and embrace the Good News, may we draw strength from the one who offers us the wisdom and direction to find our way.
Jesus invites us to “take up our Cross” and follow him. While God does not will suffering, the Lord permits it for the sake of a far greater commandment: Love one another. As we carry our crosses today, we do so out of love for one another, as the Lord – who shows his love on the Cross – loves us.