Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Sliver of Cross

We had some beautiful, short reflections at the Stations of the Cross this week, and I will share some of them with you over the next few weeks as we near the Triduum.  

The style of these reflections is that we imagine what Jesus might say at each station, and then reply with what we should say.

Here is the reflection that accompanied Jesus Taking His Cross:

Jesus says:

This cross, this chunk of tree, is what my Father chose for me.

The crosses you must bear are largely products of your daily life.
And yet, my Father chose them, too, for you.

Receive them from His hands.

Take heart, my other self, I will not let your burdens grow one ounce too heavy for your strength.

I reply: 

My Jesus, Lord, I take my daily cross.

I welcome the monotony that often marks my day, discomforts of all kinds, the summer's heat, the winter's cold, my disappointments, tensions, setbacks, cares.

Remind me often that in carrying my cross, I carry yours with you.  

And though I bear only a sliver of your cross,
You carry all of mine, except a sliver, in return.  

I hope you are all having a blessed Lent.



Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you Michael for this reflection.

Thank you also for visiting me. I have answered your questions, as best I can, on my Blog.

God bless. And a blessed Lent to you.

Shirley said...

Oh good- I love to read other folk's reflections on the Way of the Cross. I did all of them last year on my blog.

Mary N. said...

I hope you have a blessed Lent too, Michael :) Thanks for the beautiful reflection.

Michael said...

Victor, thank you for taking the time to comment here, but also to answer my comments on your blog. I found them very informative, and much more eloquent than I could write!

Shirley, thanks for the note, and yes, I remember yours from last year. I am always impressed at how you reflect ... it is always so "real" to me.

Mary, you are welcome and thanks for stopping by!

God Bless all of you!