Weekend Reflections for 9/20/19
TAKING UP OUR OWN CROSS
In the two of the gospels for this week (September 22-28) Jesus speaks to his disciples about his death and in one specifies that it will be at the hands of his own religious leaders. His disciples are confused and upset on hearing of this from him.
Luke adds that the disciples simply did not understand why Jesus was speaking about such things, and, moreover that they were afraid to question Jesus about their meaning. They surely recalled what had happened when he first he informed them of this. Peter had tried to say that this certainly could not happen to him. Jesus severely reprimanded Peter for his remarks
For me the disciples' dismay is quite understandable. Who wants to commit their life to a person who predicts that he is going to be put to death by the religious leaders of his own people. To add to their perplexity and confusion is Jesus telling them that to be his disciple they too must take up their own cross.
You and I are his disciples now. We enjoy a perspective that his disciples did not have, namely that of his resurrection. Still the challenging realities of that message for you and me are the same. We too have had, or will have, to take up our own cross, and we too at times will be confused, dismayed and uncertain. Put mildly, this is both challenging and hard.
So we must pray to our risen Lord for a deep faith and belief that he has defeated the cross, he has conquered death, and that he promises to be with us always.
-Fr. Jim Blumeyer, SJ