“…he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
In our Gospel reading today, Jesus offers us the Cross as a measure of discipleship. If we lived in the time of Jesus and heard him speak these words, the reality of the cross would be all too real. The streets were lined with them, at the order of Varus, a Roman general at the time of Jesus, who approved the crucifixion of thousand Jews, and placed the crosses by the wayside along the roads to Galilee.
In Jesus’ time, there was no escape from encountering crosses. The same is true for our time; the cross today may not prominently line the streets of your city, but they are there in subtle ways, coming into our lives through unpleasant encounters, physical pain and suffering, misunderstanding, or loss of a loved one. On the Christian road of the Cross, we are called embrace each moment with the attitude of Christ: “Not my will but thine be done!”
Then, embrace the cross in this hour, and carry it with Jesus.
May God bless you!