The Cross Leads us to New Life

The cross is the great paradox of being a Christian disciple. It is through the cross, which is an instrument of suffering, pain and sacrifice that we will come to new life with a merciful and loving God. As Jesus proclaims in Matthew’s Gospel, anyone that wishes to follow Jesus “must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Mt. 16:24). Christianity oftentimes focuses on the “feel-good” aspect where self-sacrifice and giving of oneself are not always mentioned in performing the mission and acts as Christian disciples in a 21st century world. We have an age where information and service of food and goods delivery are instantaneous and leads to immediate gratification. What are your crosses in life, and how can you take up new crosses in order to have the heart, and mind of Jesus? As St. Paul states in his letter to the Romans, one must “not conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Rom. 12:2). It is through the blood of Jesus Christ and His example of taking up the cross that we will rid ourselves of all that separates us from His love. How will you take up your cross this day and follow Him more closely?

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins.
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be.
O good Jesus, listen to me.
In Thy wounds I fain would hide,
N’er to be parted from Thy side,
Guard me, should the foe assail me.
Call me when my life shall fail me.
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end. Amen. (Retrieved from: The Anima Christi – Prayers – Vatican News)

Published by StreetEvangelist

A Roman Catholic Christian living in the TX, USA area seeking to make the world a better place. Our call to mission as being made in the image and likeness of God is two-fold: to have authentic relationships with our fellow man, and to have an authentic personal encounter with our living God through His Son Jesus Christ who is, who was and who will always be. Let us not bicker, spew hate, or worry about trivial matters when we can become better images of our self to walk humbly with our loving God.

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