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Jesus receives his cross

From the Gospel of Mark (8:34-35)

[Jesus] called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the Gospel, will save it.”

1992 073 003 V0001George Tooker (American, 1920–2011), Drawings for “The Stations of the Cross,” 1984, Pencil on tracing paper. Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. Gift of the artist. 1992.073.003

Reflection:

The first sentence of a great book I never finished reading was "Life is difficult." The very truth of this sentence struck me. So often I find myself complaining because something did not go my way, or because I am struggling with something. I wish it could all be easier. But when I pause and think about my wish that my trials were easier, I remind myself that even Jesus's life was not without trials. 

Jesus asks us to carry our cross and follow him. If we desire to truly follow God, we cannot expect that things will be simple or easy (even the most devout saints had lives full of tribulations and challenges!). 

When we choose a life with Christ, we choose one that entails everything Christ is asking of us. In our profession or current call, we may enjoy certain graces. As a college student, I have enjoyed being able to express myself in the classroom with great professors and instructors. I enjoyed walking on a beautiful campus. My cross, however, comes in the form of homework— which is not always enjoyable. But I try to remind myself that, as this is the call God has beckoned me to, this is the cross that comes with it. A life with Christ may not always be full of glamour (homework is definitely not glamorous), but it is one full of purpose and hope. 

Jesus, I pray we may be able to accept our crosses with the confidence and hope of your coming Resurrection. 

– Carolina Robledo ’20

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