Joining our crosses to His

The procession of the cross that begins and ends each celebration

of the Eucharist should help us to redefine our lives whenever we

witness it. As the Mass begins we join all of our crosses to the

cross of Christ, asking the Lord to have mercy upon us for our

inability to see. We listen to the Scriptures to once again learn

about all the necessary events of our lives, proclaim the Church’s

belief as our own, and give thanks to God as we offer the sacrifice that he has provided for us. We then receive the Living Godbefore the cross leads us back into the world!

Having received the life of Christ in us, we are better able toextend that love to others. I was reminded of this again a few years ago, when I met another family who also had an unplanned child. In the presence of the child they said what a gift they had

been given—like nothing they could have ever dreamed of asking

for, an incredible blessing. Their joy mirrored that of God the

Father, who could not contain himself in heaven when his Son

walked the earth. He opened up the heavens to exclaim, “This

is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew

3:17).

That same Son would experience horrible suffering at the

hands of cruel men. Assured of the love of the Father, he knew

that ultimately the Father would not let him down. When you

and I are finally convinced in the same way that God loves us,

we will welcome whatever comes our way in this life and see it

with a vision that others will marvel at. On that day we will say,

“Alleluia. Praised be God!”

"michael dubruiel"

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