Galatians 6:14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For Paul, the cross meant everything. Jesus, accepting his cross freely, reflects God’s ultimate act of mercy toward a sinful world. Paul profoundly understood the paradox of the cross. In earthly terms it was a sign of defeat and humiliation. But in the eyes of faith, it is a sign of victory and exaltation.
Jesus was forced to carry His own cross. We are never forced to carry ours alone, but stubborn pride often insists that we try to manage on our own instead of letting others or even our Lord help us.
Are there any situations in our lives that we are finding it really hard to share or to receive help?
We are not asked to burden others with our problems but to share it. Ask God for a courageous heart to bear our burden and to share it when appropriate.
Meditation from our Preachers
From Fr. Andrew Manning
This cross was made for Barabbas. Barabbas means son of the father. The cross placed on Jesus was the one that we Son of Adam deserved for our revolt against God. Jesus takes up our cross our punishment our road to death and he transforms it. In those days one of the jobs that carpenters did was make crosses for the Roman’s. I wonder if Jesus ever made one?
Bar Abbas was a terrorist he had led an insurrection against Rome he had also, assuming He was a Zealot misunderstood God’s gift of power and wanted to use military means to overthrow the Romans. We often focus on Us Carrying Jesus cross but today lets think about how that cross is ours and it is Jesus who carries it for us, for our salvation.
Jesus, Barabbas was set free while you, the innocent one, were put to death for the sins of all. With grateful hearts, we pour out our thanks for the many gifts you have given us through the cross, especially forgiveness of sin. Amen.
Lord, the crosses that come my way are really nothing compared to the cross you bore. You took the sins of the world on your shoulders. Strengthen my courage so that I am never ashamed of the cross but bear it proudly. Amen.