Luke 9:23 Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
“My child, there is so much in this statement; ponder it often. For what does it mean to follow me, but to travel on the way of the cross. Ponder well what this means, for at various times you will identify with each of those witnesses and participants. When you have conformed yourself to my will, you will embrace the cross as I did when I conformed myself to the Father’s will. My child, the cross holds the key to everlasting life. Do not reject, disdain, or fear the cross, but in abject humility, ask for the grace to carry it with loving obedience, as I did. Our Father will see me when he looks at you, if you do this. Child, be faithful and cling to the cross, for its wood is more precious than all the earth’s treasures combined.”
Jesus, grant us grace upon grace, that we might embrace the cross with loving obedience, out of gratitude for your great gift of mercy. Jesus we trust in you. Amen.