Thursday, March 7, 2019
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When I was in college, I did some scripture memorization and today’s Gospel included one of the verses I memorized:
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Through his death, Christ changed the cross from a symbol of torture, to a symbol of love. In today’s scripture, Jesus is calling us to turn our own struggles into love. As a college student, I had this verse echoing in my head as I struggled through reading a difficult science text, getting up at 5 am to get to my lifeguarding job and seeing that my mom had called me when I didn’t feel like I had time to call her back. I tried to offer up any struggles I was having as my cross, a prayer of love for God, for my family and for my friends.
Today, my cross has changed, but my response to it should be the same. When I am hating grading tests, today’s reading reminds me that I need to offer up my work as an action of love for my students. When I’m helping my parents with something at their house, instead of grumbling about it, I need to offer it as a prayer of love for them.
While Jesus’ call is difficult, the psalm reminds us that God keeps God’s promises, saying “Blessed of they who hope in the Lord.” In offering up my struggle as prayer, I open myself up in a deeper way to the Love and Blessings that the Lord has for me.
Molly McConnell, Science Teacher