They say that when you go through a hard time,
you find out who your real friends are.
Or the more modern,
you know who your real friend are
when you deactivate your Facebook
and a handful, eh maybe one or two, of your 1,436 friends
remember your birthday.
Those are the good ones,
the real friends.
We’re the best friend anyone could ever have…
until something major happens,
or until our friendship is challenged.
So too as disciples of Jesus.
We’re all on board,
until we are challenged
and forced out of out comfort zone.
Being a disciple of Jesus
means following Him.
This following is not just limited to the Resurrection.
It includes the Cross and the suffering as well.
“If you are guided by the same spirit, if you live with the same life as Jesus, your thorn-crowned Head, you must expect only thorns, lashes, and nails; that is, nothing but the cross; for the disciple must be treated like the Master.”
We’re getting into the second half of Lent.
We just want Easter.
We want candy
or to complain
or whatever it is that we have given up.
We just want the happy, joyful songs at Mass.
Enough with the gloom already.
But this is part of the discipleship.
This is part of our duty.
To follow Jesus in the hard times as well.
To be one of the few who are willing to
be by His side throughout the suffering,
and the carrying of the cross,
and the crucifixion
and finally the Resurrection.
I don’t want to be one of the ones who is there only
for the joy of Easter.
I want to be there for the suffering and the cross too.
wherever that may lead.
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.