Carrying Our Own Cross

A post over at Being Catholic titled, St. Bridget Meditation Prayer & Reflection reminded me of the Lord’s call to each Christian believer which can be found in Matthew 16:24; “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.” This is a fairly popular verse, but not a lot of Christians actually know what it means. Although I am far from being an expert at the Bible, I would like to offer my thoughts on this matter.

So, what does it mean to “carry our cross”? I believe that there is no better way to find the right answer than by looking at the life of Jesus. When Jesus carried his cross, he bore it to Calvary, as commanded by his Father. Hence, “taking up our cross” refers to giving our whole life to God, as Jesus did–a total dedication of our life in service to anything that our Father in heaven says. Sure, the journey will be marred with trials, pain and tribulation; but a reward of eternal life and lasting happiness is waiting for all that endure.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today is the day to celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the article below from A Catholic View goes over what that really should mean to Catholics everywhere. We were all saved when Jesus took up the cross of course, and this day is supposed to be a reminder to us all that we must all pick up our crosses and seek a life more in tune with Christ. Take some time to reflect upon that concept today while you pray!

“September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

This day is also called the Exaltation of the Cross, Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, or Roodmas. The liturgy of the Cross is a triumphant liturgy. When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent over the people, it was a foreshadowing of the salvation through Jesus when He was lifted up on the Cross. Our Mother Church sings of the triumph of the Cross, the instrument of our redemption. To follow Christ we must take up His cross, follow Him and become obedient until death, even if it means death on the cross. We identify with Christ on the Cross and become co-redeemers, sharing in His cross.

We made the Sign of the Cross before prayer which helps to fix our minds and hearts to God. After prayer we make the Sign of the Cross to keep close to God. During trials and temptations our strength and protection is the Sign of the Cross. At Baptism we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross, signifying the fullness of redemption and that we belong to Christ. Let us look to the cross frequently, and realize that when we make the Sign of the Cross we give our entire self to God — mind, soul, heart, body, will, thoughts.

O cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus.” – “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”, A Catholic View