Saturday 10 July 2021

About Today Readings

Genesis 49:29-33; 50:15-26. Turn to the Lord in your need and you will live – Ps 104(105):1-4, 6-7. Matthew 10:24-38.

May I pick up my cross and follow you

Why have you given me this cross to carry? It’s too heavy, too difficult, too awkward among all the other baggage I carry. When I compare my cross to others, it seems bigger and heavier than my neighbours’. And, I think I’ve been carrying it longer . . . and now, I’m getting a few splinters, and is that a new blister?

But then I think of you on the cross. The crown of thorns you wore, the jeering of the crowd, the abuse you suffered, and all for us. I feel I’m not worthy of you since I complain and whine about this burden. So, I centre my cross on my shoulder and keep my eyes on you and your love. I steady myself and continue on.

Lord remind me, even when everything seems too much, that God so loved me that he sent his only Son so that I may live. May I pick up my cross and follow you.

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