by Fr Duncan McVicar on 16/12/2014 -
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:1-3)
God has a plan of love, power and wisdom for us. Advent graces should make us sensitive so that we can see God behind the events of our lives, even when these experiences are difficult or painful. God knows that he cannot place a cross on our shoulders if we are not able to carry it. There is a popular story about someone who had a very heavy cross to bear. He spoke to the Lord about it, and God told him to put his cross down and look for a cross that he could carry. Around him he saw a huge collection of crosses. He took his time and examined the different crosses; he tried one and then another. One cross was far too heavy, another was far too light. Finally he found a cross that fitted perfectly. He knew he would be able to carry that cross with dignity. When God saw which cross he had chosen, he smiled with a great love at the man. Then he said: “The cross you have chosen is the same one that you came in with originally!” The cross that God gives us is the only one that will really “fit”. In these Advent days we ask God to give us the peace and openness we need to discover him in every experience of our lives. When we discover him, we find again the amazing heart of God – a heart full of love, a heart full of wisdom, a heart full of power. Can we offer our shoulders to carry someone else’s cross?
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