What's Your Burden?
How can we carry our crosses? It's not easy right? Some days you carry your personal cross one second at a time. It can be hard, it's a fact of life. However, every challenge you face was given for a reason. There is something about your particular cross that God is using you for in the world. Think about that one really really stressful day you had, couldn't focus let alone be friendly to people. In the end, you made it through that day, and any following day you were prepared for the stress that came. You won't get rid of your burdens, that would make life too easy, but you can face them and make it easier to live with them day by day. Only with God's help will we be able to confront our burdens.
Today's Gospel states:'Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, `Lo, here it is!' or `There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, `Lo, there!' or `Lo, here!' Do not go, do not follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation'(Luke 17:20-25).
Today's Psalm talks about how many will follow Christ, but first he is to be rejected. We too, like Christ, will first be rejected. We'll work as hard as we can, and still see no compensation, only the burdens. However, God's grace will carry us through. Think about the mustard seed, it was a seed for the longest time and took forever to bloom. However, by God's grace, it became a beautiful tree. We too will blossom, no matter what struggles we face. We just need to trust that God is forming us into strong people of faith. Take some time to ask God to help you carry your cross.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Prayers' a prayer for offering up suffering:
Dear Lord, Help me to remember in these troubled times The cross you carried for my sake, So that I may better carry mine And to help others do the same, As I offer up (whatever your concern or problem here) to you For the conversion of sinners For the forgiveness of sins In reparation for sins And for the salvation of souls. Amen