Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a collection of cross necklaces, cross bracelets, and even cross earrings. Each one is special and unique. Some are special because they were given to me by a loved one, and some are special because I wore them knowing that I needed the armor of Christ to get me through a certain situation. And I have two that are very special being they belonged to my mother (who now resides in Heaven.) They are all unique because they are all different in size, shape, and form. Much like our real crosses in life.
I guess I could have begun this essay by saying, “Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a collection of crosses to carry in life.” (Who hasn’t?) The real question is can we proclaim each one is special and unique.
What do we do with our crosses? Do we embrace them with grace and prayer? Pretend they aren’t part of us? Do we try to pawn them off on some other soul? Have we ever complained so much about them that everyone knows each and every detail of that cross we were chosen to bear?
St. John Vianney encourages, “Why not love our crosses, and make use of them to take us to heaven?”
We don’t have to look far for someone to help us carry our crosses. He’s already there nailed to the cross. As a disciple of Jesus, I know that I am called to something greater, something better than what this world has to offer.
I’ve read His words, “Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
Over the years I’m coming to understand that this journey here on earth is more about where we are heading than where we’ve been. It's about finding salvation through Jesus.
St. John Vianney