Moment in the Word
Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:16pm admin
"And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. 33And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left (Luke 23:32-33, Douay-Rheims Bible)."
Often we feel isolated regarding life's hardships; however, this somber impression is simply not true because St. Peter said that "...the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world (1 Peter 5:9, Douay-Rheims Bible)." Thus, we all face similar difficulties despite our unique attitudes and reactions.
Unfortunately, we all have crosses to bear or else Jesus would not have said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24, Douay-Rheims Bible)." The only difference is the direction we carry our cross while ignoring the likelihood of being hung on it during times of great adversity.
Do we follow Jesus, or do we chart a separate course, bearing our load alone toward an inevitable end? The determination identifies only two types of people carrying their own personal crosses. We see them clearly represented at Calvary side-by-side with Christ.
Although both of Jesus' companions-in-death were outlaws, yet one faithlessly "blasphemed him, saying: 'If thou be Christ, save thyself and us (Luke 23:39, Douay-Rheims Bible).'"
The other criminal was equally guilty of crimes during his life and confessed, "We receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil," and then went a step farther in following Christ by saying, "Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom (Luke 23:41-42, Douay-Rheims Bible).'"
Calvary's stark image aptly portrays the only real difference between people! Hoisted upon our common crosses, do we reject Jesus in the moment of need or do we accept Him as our Lord and Savior? Our ultimate decision makes all the difference in this world, as well as the world to come, "And Jesus said to him: 'Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:43, Douay-Rheims Bible).'"
So, which cross-bearer are you, and where are you headed with your heavy load, toward Jesus or away?
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)."