‘Making peace by the blood of his cross’ Colossians 1:20

A young man was at the end of his tether.  Seeing no way out he dropped to his knees in prayer. “Lord,” he pleaded, “I can’t go on. I have too heavy a cross to bear.”


The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight then place your cross inside this room.  Then open the door and pick out any cross you wish.”


The man was filled with relief, did as he was told and said a heart-felt, “Thank you Lord.”


Upon entering the room he saw many crosses.  Some of them were enormous and the tops were not visible.  Then he spotted a tiny one leaning against a far wall.


“I’d like that one, Lord” he whispered.

The Lord replied, ‘My son that is the cross you have just brought in.”

The point of that story is to remind us that when life’s problems seem overwhelming we may be more fortunate, compared to others, than we imagine. I have only to think of our soldiers in Afghanistan, the sufferings of the people of Syria or those who are homeless and starving to know that my problems are often trivial in comparison.

Sometimes, of course, our problems, even if we try to count our blessings, will still be overwhelming.  One of the joys of the priestly life is to deal with people who show remarkable faith in the face of pretty unpleasant and challenging circumstances. When we have problems it is certainly worth remembering that Christ’s cross was heavier than anything we shall ever have to carry.  Not only was there the physical pain of the beatings and the nails, but the pain of love rejected, and the pain of absorbing, like a giant sponge, the selfishness of the whole world.

When things are bad, which they often are, then place yourself at the foot of the cross and seek peace in it.  

Father Michael

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