John 15: 18-21
Jesus said to his disciples: "If the
world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would
love its own; but because you do not belong to
the world, and I have chosen you out of
the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I
spoke to you, ´No slave is greater than his
master.´ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute
you. If they kept my word, they will also keep
yours. And they will do all these things to
you on account of my name, because they do
not know the one who sent me."
Lord, thank you for granting me the
opportunity to be with you. There are things in
life, Lord, that attract me, but you attract me more.
I hope in you, and I love you. Maybe
I don’t really understand what it means to love, and
maybe I don’t love the way I should, but
I do love you.
help me to embrace my cross joyfully.
1. Bearing the Burden: “The
world hated me first.” This is the incredible story
of the Gospels. Christ came and the culture was
against him. As the story of Christ in the Gospel
progresses, the forces of antagonism get worse: The dangers
increase with the turning of every page. This was
a real burden for Christ, the burden of a
parent whose children turn against him. Perhaps I, too, feel
that burden. Perhaps I experience that rejection from those
who love me or from those who don’t believe.
2. Loving Acceptance: Christ courageously and lovingly accepted that burden. He did
not complain. Perhaps he asked his Father for an easier
way. It is the same in our lives. I
often face problems, even when I want to do good.
There comes a moment in life when I must
accept my limitations and the limitations imposed on me
by others. This is a memorable moment in life—the
moment I accept my cross, like Christ did. That acceptance
isn’t easy, but at the same time it fills
my heart with a deep peace and sometimes even joy.
3. Seeking Solutions: After I accept my cross, I experience a new
courage, and my imagination fires up. Love always looks for
solutions: Christ never stopped searching for ways to get
through to the culture. I must do the best
I can to evangelize, even though I may encounter opposition.
With Christ’s help, no obstacle is too great. He
will help me to overcome all the problems I
may encounter. The important thing is that I keep focused
on the fulfillment of his will out of love.
He will take care of the rest.
Christ: Lord, you know my burden. You
know what makes me lose sleep, what I wake up
worrying about. Help me to accept it, as you
accepted your cross.
Resolution: I will
stop complaining and see what I can do to alleviate
the burdens and sufferings of others.