our burdens as he walked to Calvary.
Gospel of Matthew 16:24-28 Reflection:
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said ‘take up your cross and follow me?’ What is our cross?
Many of us shall look at our lives and see the pain we carry, the circumstances in which we live and debt we owe; but are these things really our cross.
I would suggest that our real cross is our fallen human nature, the desire for sin that lies deep within us as a result of the Original Sin, that act of our first parents that separates all of humanity from God.
Deep inside our nature we know that there is a flaw, something amiss that nothing in this world can fill and we spend so much time searching for something to fill this void. The debt, the hurt and the fear are all caused by our attempts to fill this void with worldly things.
Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him. What does he mean?
We should accept our humanity, fallen as it is, and bring it to Jesus. In this way he can then fulfil the void within us as we put him at the centre of our lives.
The more we place Jesus, his teaching and his attitudes, at the very heart of our living the easier the cross of our fallen nature becomes.
The details of how this works is individual to the person, but the principle is the same; lay our burdens on Jesus and follow him.
Our burdens, our sin, he has already carried on his back as he walked to Calvary.