From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Sunday Catholic Homily Minute
My Dear People,
Take Up Your Cross
To take up our "cross" daily, is the command of Jesus in the Gospel today. Jesus never identifies what the "cross" is for each of us. The answer lies in the Genesis account of Adam and Eve. While in a perfect state of harmony with God, our first parents chose to follow their own personal choices, as opposed to remaining within God's "divine will". This departure from Almighty God is called original sin. Everyone, with the exception of Our Lady, suffers from the effects of original sin. We are given grace and discernment to understand how we are personally connected to the original sin.
Most of us look outside of ourselves to identify our cross. The cross truly comes from within us. Our cross is not our sorry spouse, our terrible job, our disrespectful children, our miserable neighbors; rather our cross is our "disconnection" from Almighty God. We inherit most of our crosses. Sometimes they are physical. Sometimes they are spiritual. And sometimes they are a combination of all the above. To point fingers outside of ourselves blaming others for our crosses, cheats us out of conversion time and grace. You know whatever "homework" God's gives us here on Earth to do is left "undone", their remains spiritual summer school time awaiting us in purgatory. Pay now or pay dearly later. SO, stop blaming others for your "crosses". Look within, and God will show you where they exist inside of you and I. Then, He will give you the grace to endure them all.
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark - Your Sunday Catholic Homily Minute
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