We triumphantly sing along with Kelly Clarkson,
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
But when we are challenged by Christ,
challenged by our faith,
challenged by the Cross,
those lyrics don’t apply.
We seemingly become the kings and queens of
and weak links.
We think we have to suffer these 40 days of Lent
and then we get to party and sail smoothly for the remainder of the year
because Christ died on the Cross for us.
He did the dirty work.
He even said His load is light and His burden easy.
That’s the life I’m going for; light and easy.
The Cross of Christ is set forth as an example
of how we should respond to the Cross.
Life is full of crosses.
But not one is aimed at dragging us down.
They are all for a greater glory
but we are too busy complaining about them
to see through the Cross
into the glory of the Cross.
“Expect to be pruned, hewed, chiseled under the hammer of the Cross; otherwise you will remain like rough stones which serve no purpose.”
We’re all for Christ
until the Cross comes.
What if Christ backed out
because the Cross involved too much pain?
What glory has come from
Christ suffering on the Cross!
What gives us the right
to back out of our daily crosses?
What are we missing
by being wimps?
What glory could stem from
us carrying our crosses like Christ?
Knowing that we are nothing without Christ
means that we cannot successfully carry our crosses on our own.
He is there,
He is holding most of the weight.
It’s our job then to carry our portion
and bring glory to His name in doing so;
as He brought glory to His Father.
What glory can you bring to the name of Christ by carrying your cross?
This Lenten blog series is based upon St. Louis de Montfort's writings. Unless otherwise noted, all the phrases in quotation marks are taken from the book Jesus Living in Mary.