Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Friend of the Cross

The crowd seemed to be growing larger in number and more abusive by the minute. It was getting harder for her to keep up with him. But she pressed on, trying desperately not to lose sight of him.

Through the shoves and the screams of the angry mob she remained focused on him. Blinding tears filled her eyes and the sickness that grabbed at her heart was growing tighter and tighter, making it harder for her to breath. “I am with you” were the words she kept repeating over and over again in her mind, “My son, I am with you”.

He staggers as he approaches her. Each stone or pothole in the road  weakens his knees causing him to falter. The weight of the cross is getting harder and harder to bear. The open wounds on his flesh stung and the rubbing of the heavy wood on his shoulder was widening some of his sores. He sees her standing there; he sees the pain in her eyes. At that moment between them his eyes seem to smile at her, trying to give her comfort. She in return stands up a little straighter, breathes in a little deeper, she wants to comfort him too.


The Centurion in charge of horrific events realizes that the man beneath the cross will need help to continue this journey. Looking around, his eyes fall upon a strong looking man, he is a father and two of his sons are with him. The Centurion grabs the man and forces him into service.


Thoughts cross the father’s mind, “What can I do, I can not refuse; God what have I gotten myself into?” Reluctantly, he takes the cross and shoulders it himself. He looks into the eyes of the accused man that stands before him and sees nothing but compassion. Suddenly, his heart, too, is moved and he nods at him as if to say, “Yes, I will help you, you can count on me all the way”. He becomes a friend of the cross.


My sweet and gentle Jesus, I, too, want to be a friend of the cross. Help me to see your face in every suffering man, woman or child that comes my way, especially to those that are the hardest to love.


I ask forgiveness for the times I have refused to help in the past, for the wounds I created though my own selfish neglect.


I thank you for those that have helped me in your name, for their love brought your peace and comfort to me in times of trouble.


Thank you mother Mary, your constant love and intercession helps me to recognize that being a friend of the cross means being a true Christ-bearer, or rather another Christ. With your intercession I pray I can answer the call.


"Dear children! Today I call you all to pray that God's plans for us may be realized and also everything that God desires through you! Help others to be converted, especially those who are coming to Medjugorje. Dear children, do not allow Satan to get control of your hearts, so you would be an image of Satan and not of me. I call you to pray for how you might be witnesses of my presence. Without you, God cannot bring to reality that which He desires. God has given a free will to everyone, and it's in your control. Thank you for having responded to my call." BVM, Medjugorje January 30, 1986


17 comments:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

This is a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

God bless you always.

Anne said...

This is such a deep and perfect description of that most horrifying event! Your words make me feel as if I am really there, lost in that moment.

Your prayer drives home the information I learned tonight at a program offered at my son's high school. It was called "Rachel's Challenge" and it was about the girl who was killed first at Columbine high school, and how her short life was all about compassion for others and doing all she could to reach out to those who were disabled, lonely or without friends.

Daily Grace said...

Anne, the thought of "Columbine" still has such a strong impact. I am not familar with "Rachel's Challenge", but I would like to learn more..it is sad to think of all the people that feel so alone in the world today.

Daily Grace said...

Thank you Victor.

karinann said...

A beautiful and powerful reflection. As Christians we all need to strive to be a friend of the cross. I loved your prayer at the end.
Thanks and God bless!

Mary333 said...

DG,
What a heart wrenching meditation on the carrying of the cross! Viewing it through the eyes of Mary gave it an especially powerful impact.
I remember your comment about all the Rosaries you've been praying and I can see it's fruit in this beautiful piece of work. Thank you!

Daily Grace said...

Thank you Karinann

Daily Grace said...

Mary, thank you for saying that about the Rosaries. God bless you always

Colleen said...

Beautiful. I too felt like I was there. That look between Jesus and Mary. I know that look. I have a son and we have exchanged that look.

sunny said...

Just found your blog:
Really enjoyed it..
Will have to get back to it when I can....
Blessings....

Daily Grace said...

Thank you sunny for stopping by. I hope to see you again. God bless

kam said...

'A friend of the cross.' that really says it all, doesn't it? With this world going haywire, unless one lives under a rock we all seem to have some cross of our own, which, through prayer, turns into His Cross, too. The B.V.M. is always saying 'Pray! Pray! Pray!' She knows why. Great post, thanks. k

sarah said...

I like this....

Julia said...

"Friend of the Cross." I don't know that I've heard that phrase before. It is helpful.

Michael said...

This was wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I do wonder how many times I saw Him and did not help.

God Bless.

Abbey said...

Images of Him in "The Passion" kept radiating through my mind as I read. This is one of the most beautifully written, yet heart wrenching pieces I've read. But again, it shakes one into reality. And I love the Blessed Mother's message from so long ago ... and yet, she persists to try and save more and more people from Satan's grasp.

My daughter did some research and she said that if not for the permission from Jesus for his Mother to come and try to change the world, that we would have already been through the end of times. But in her great love, she begged Jesus and God to allow her to try and save as many people as she could, she wants to convert the entire world. If not sucessful, then what has been foretold will come.

I will copy and save the prayer especially for my quiet time.

In Him,
Abbey ♥

deodate said...

Thank you for this post - Lent is not the only time when we should remember the Passion. I can't even imagine what Mary went through. The prophets words, 'and a sword will pierce your heart'. How many times did that sword pierce her heart? And yet, she stayed and she loved. She knows and feels our pain, our Mother.
Andie