During his address to young people who attended the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day, Pope Francis said, “How our inconsistencies make Jesus suffer! The Cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on his shoulders our crosses and saying to us: “Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you.”
Those are powerful words.
The pope reminds all people, young and old, that life is difficult, but through our difficulties, Jesus is there, helping us to carry our crosses. He knows what it is like to suffer, and he brings us hope out of that suffering.
As I read and saw pictures of the Way of the Cross from Rio, I was once again reminded of the crosses that I bear. And I thought of one of the crosses in particular, my favorite station in which Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief. This station speaks to me so much because as a priest once told me, it is a message of hope—each day we are asked to choose which thief we are going to be like—the one who saw Jesus and had hope, or the one who had no hope. It is a message of transformation and reminds us that it is never to late too find our hope in the Lord.
What is your favorite Station from The Way of the Cross? Please share, your reflection may help other young adults out there come to a better understanding of that station.
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