In my daily effort to spend some private time with God, I sometimes read the Stations of the Cross. I've always felt compelled by the "Way of the Cross," because it helps me to put my own struggles in perspective. It makes me recall when Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Essentially, I know that because Christ died for us, death, along with sin, struggles and suffering cannot conquer. I personally need to remind myself of this fact, hence I mediate on the stations.
This morning in my mediation on the Stations of the Cross, I focused intently on the Second Station: Jesus is Given His Cross. The reflection stated:
Jesus calls: The life giving tree becomes the Cross for me.
For "Cursed is the one hung on a tree."
Life's tree for you is as different as it was for me; it
often appears as rejection in all areas of work and play.
However, it is the way to know how to love my Father more!
I answer: Jesus, I complain a great deal of all that is my tree of life
All these I know are the plan your Father has
for me! I need you to help me remember
that all this, if I use love, patience and kindness,
can be the way to carry the tree of love,
instead of despair. Jesus in your cross you
patiently carried all of my everyday sufferings;
let me continue the same for love of you
so that others may hope in you.
Today's Fasting Prayer:
Dear Lord, help us to remember how you willingly accepted your cross with patient endurance. Rather than resort to complaining, help us to carry our crosses and discern your will properly and with utter clarity, so we know what decisions we are to make. Help us to love selflessly today Lord, even when the cross seems more than we can bare.
Lord, also pour our your graces and healing of this generation and the future generations that are being born into this world. Rid us of our sins of the flesh and purify our hearts and minds, so that they may be focused on living your message of love and passing this and a culture of life and light on, instead of one rooted in sinfulness and death. Amen.
Vivona, Francis., J.C.L. (1994). The Way of the Cross for Everyone. Autom: Phoenix, AZ.