The Second Station
Jesus carries His Cross
When we are given the cross in life, do we accept it willingly? Do we consider that it is part of our redemption? Many people believe that since Jesus suffered and died for us, that we should not have to suffer, and that God, being a merciful God should not allow suffering. Are we then, to be placed above Jesus? Are we so perfect that we should not have to suffer? Of course not. What is important is how we accept the burdens God places on us. Without cursing God for our pain and sorrow. Knowing that this burden is ours and that if we ask, God will give us the strength and courage to bear it. Jesus set the example for us- consider Him, already beaten, scourged and humiliated, having to take up the Cross while weakened with pain. Let us follow His example, and remember the words of Fr. Corapi- no Cross, no crown.
Lord, grant me the grace to accept whatever You will send me in life as Your will, and always to remember the words of Jesus in the garden: Not my will, but Thine be done.