Tuesday, March 5, 2013

St. Bridget Meditation Prayer & Reflection: The Carrying of the Cross

by M. J. Joachim

Begin by praying one Our Father and one Hail Mary.

Eternal Father, through Mary’s unblemished hands and the Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You the sufferings on the Way of the Cross, especially His Holy Wound on His Shoulder and its Precious Blood, as atonement for my and all of humanity’s rebellion against the Cross, every grumbling against Your Holy Arrangements, and all other sins of the tongue, as protection against such sins and for the true love of the Cross.

Life is often expressed in terms of taking a journey, traveling a path toward a goal – of heaven, eternity, the eternal (whatever that may be).

One of the things touching my heart in this prayer is the journey of Christ. The Way of the Cross is heart-wrenching, without a doubt; however, the journey of Christ, the second person in the Holy Trinity, includes giving up oneself to follow the path.

Jesus became a human – as He was “supposed” to do according to divine plans. He lived a life prior to carrying the cross, and His life wasn’t easy.

Skip all the “foofoo” and fluff surrounding biblical stories and general Christian dialog. The reality is, Christ has been there, done that where you and I are concerned. He walked the walk, before He talked the talk. And that, my friends is huge!

All these notions people have that God is some distant deity, waiting to send a lightning rod down upon them, or lift them up to some mansion with many rooms when they die – utter nonsense. Heaven may have many rooms, but there’s no guarantee any of us have a signed, sealed and delivered boarding pass to get to them.

You have to live life completely and fully. There are no shortcuts. And God isn’t some mythical creature messing with us every time we do something wrong. He’s not our patsy either. He’s our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It is in the journey that we seek and find God, which enables us to carry our own crosses. Jesus carried the cross for our sins. He didn’t carry it shorten our paths, sweeten and fluff up our roads with marshmallows or excuse our stubborn unwillingness to get along.

Seriously, His Holy Wound on His Shoulder and His Precious Blood didn’t happen by accident. They happened because of man’s pride – yours and mine. They happened to make atonement for our sins – not our humanity. Remember, Christ had His own humanity. Being human is not a sin.

Attitude, however, that will make the wood splinter every time! Sometimes a bad attitude is enough to crucify a saint – or even God Himself!

So much for grumbling against holy arrangements and divine plans….

Maybe it’s time to live and appreciate life. Good, bad or indifferent – for better or worse…

Filled with hope, because we are so loved by God that we were loved into existence to take this journey, we are loved despite our humanness while we are traveling our path, and we are loved so much that God Himself shed his blood, carrying the cross for us.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing,

M. J.

Photo credit:  Christ Carrying the Cross, Follower of Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450 – 1516), PD - US
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