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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Second Station ~ Jesus Takes Up His Cross

In Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, Jesus is shown even to embrace the cross. One thief scowls and yells, calling Jesus a fool for hugging the cross. But by the cross Jesus reveals a love for God and us that's bigger than death and bigger than all the insults humanity expels against God. 

Jesus isn't hesitant; he doesn't negotiate, leaving options open for when things get too hard. And I? Miles of  pharmacy aisles promise to keep every pain and inconvenience away. We cut deals and corners, procrastinate and half measure, avoiding the discomfort of the day, the struggles of relationships, the illness, the weather and the work we have to do. 

Oh Jesus, I've got a cross to pick up too. Keep me from so much complaining and direct me to reliance upon you only. 


Our Father Who art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. Even when our cross is seemingly unbearable, let me look to the strength of Jesus. I pray to remember this image of Jesus, scourged and already weakened in strength with the will to endure. Help me to carry on Lord. Thank you Father Morris for showing us how to find courage from within.

  2. Following Jesus is easy when life runs smoothly; our true commitment to Him is revealed during trials. Jesus assured us that trials will come to His followers. Discipleship demands sacrifice, and Jesus never hid that cost. Take up your cross and be challenged. The reward will be great.