Bearing Our Crosses
As we celebrate Easter, let us not forget that we have our own crosses to bear:
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. -Matthew 16:24-25, NAB
The message of Easter is one of hope. After carrying His cross, Jesus overcame death and changed the world forever. Just a couple of days ago, we reflected on the tragedy of His death, and today, we celebrate HIs victory.
For the past week, I have had my own crosses to bear. It began with my daughter catching the flu last Sunday (Palm Sunday) after just coming in town from New York. My family had planned to get together that day because we could not all get together on Easter Sunday, but with my little girl sick, we had to miss the festivities. It actually took many days just for her to break the fever.
Days later, my wife (who is pregnant) caught the flu from my daughter. Her pregnancy complicates things because she is limited on what medicine she can take. Now, it’s Easter Sunday, and she is too sick to attend Mass. Adding to it, today is also my wife’s birthday, so both Easter and her birthday are bogged down by the flu.
After spending the week taking care of my wife and daughter, the inevitable happened: I’m feeling sick too. But why am I sharing all of this with you? To show that we all have crosses to bear. Some are large, others are small, but they are crosses nonetheless.
We had huge plans for this week. How often does spring break, Holy Week, and my wife’s birthday all fall in the same week? Rarely. Our plans quickly fell to the wayside, though, as we have struggled just to overcome these sicknesses. It’s been a week of disappointment, but also a week of learning great humility.
In the end, we cancelled most of our plans and spent the week together. It was a great opportunity for us to share some extra quality time as a family. And we can always look forward to tomorrow. These crosses will pass as the flu goes away, and we can celebrate God giving us the strength to make it through these difficult times.
At one point or another, you will be called to follow Jesus by carrying your own cross, but Easter is a time that we recognize that Christ can overcome any cross. Regardless of how heavy your cross may be, Jesus will carry you and lift the burden from your shoulders.