A Stone and the Cross (2)


“One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, ….. “Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.”   (Luke 14:25, 27 MSG)

A Stone and the Cross (2)

The Celtic cross pictured here has been a companion in my life for nearly 15 years. A friend carved it for me and it has weathered gracefully. I have spent many hours of quiet, sitting facing the cross on my own and with good friends. It is rough, welcoming, challenging, humbling and profoundly mysterious.

We worship one who was crucified. The full extent of the cosmic impact of Jesus’ sacrificial death is worth a lifetime of exploration. One thing I know is that Jesus entered the deepest wounds of our broken humanity. To make it right and offer hope of justice where none seems to exist.

The circle of the Celtic cross that links its arms can represent the eternal love of God inspiring us to carry our own load. Jesus invites all to follow behind him but we have our load to carry – it is different for each of us, but humility and endurance are central to it all.

 A Prayer for Today

Loving Father, your Son entered life as one of the least of us and died the death of a nobody. Thank you that no matter what extremity we face we know your compassionate presence comes from first-hand knowledge. No matter what outrage we feel at the injustices of life, we know you actively engaged it in Jesus. Grant us his courage to do right and love deeply. …. for Jesus’ sake