Welcome on this second Sunday of Lent! May the peace of the Lord be with you…
All of the Lenten readings are well known. We hear them each year. Today’s Gospel Proclamation is extremely well known. You will hear, “Take up their cross and follow me.” These words from Jesus give many of us pause because we somehow miss the important word “their.” “Their cross.” We know what Jesus’ cross was, and I don’t mean the one He carried on the Via Dolorosa. His cross was to take the sins of the world then and forever on his back and give his life for all of us who sin. That is an unfathomable burden!
So what is your cross to take up to follow Christ? Is it the care of a sick relative? Starting over in business late in life after a financial setback? Dealing with your own debilitating disease? A child or grandchild who won’t accept Christ and lives on the outside of Eternal Life? Maybe your Cross to carry to follow Christ is depression, addiction, heartbreak, loneliness?
During this Lenten season, I urge you to examine your life and your relationship with God. Look for the Cross or Crosses that He is asking you to pick up to follow His Son.
May God’s every blessing be yours this week.
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