We are filled with gratitude when we look at the cross, but it is difficult, as we are also reminded that we have to face our own crosses.
We can be present to Jesus and with Him in a particular way when we embrace our own crosses. Jesus invites us as disciples to imitate him and embrace our crosses. How well do I embrace my crosses? How well do I embrace suffering? How well have I done with my Lenten penances? These penances cause an emptying of ourselves in sacrifice so that we more readily sacrifice for God and for others.
We need the Lord‘s merciful love that comes from the cross so that we can move towards being selfless and merciful to others.
Passion Palm Sunday, 2022