April 7, 2019 – Ruminations by Fr. Pat

When we carry our cross each day, sometimes it seems that we are stronger one day and weaker the next. One day we can be brave and move forward; the next, we are in despair and cannot move.
Think about our Lord’s three falls while carrying His cross. He could have just given up on the way. Why did He keep going? He had just been beaten to an inch of His life. A crown of thorns was placed on His head, digging into the flesh. There was a heavy loss of blood. He even asked the Father to take His cup away from Him.
But He kept going. Despite the pain, the loss of blood, etc., He kept getting up and moving forward. Nothing, not even knowing that things were going to get worse, would keep Him from moving on towards His death, a death that would save the world. It was His will, His determination that kept Him going, moving forward to that salvific event.
How about you and me? There have been, or will be, times that we want to just give up. We say “I can’t go on.” We get up, however, take a step, and move forward. Why? It is like I said in an earlier article, we offer it up to God. We give our pain and suffering, so that others may not suffer. Knowing that some good will come out of things, we move on.
It says in Everyone’s Way of the Cross: “Know this, my other self, your body may be broken, but no force on earth, and none in hell, can take away your will. Your will is yours.” We get up because we have to. We have a job to do, and we need to get it done.
Remember, moreover, that we aren’t alone. Because He, Himself, went through His Passion, He is there for us when we need Him, giving us strength to keep moving.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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