I never liked the word survivor. I always had this picture of it meaning hanging in there — it is actually a good word – “
I substitute with the word victorious – (victory;
I am called in this Sunday’s readings to pick up my cross and follow Him. Sometimes life sends me crosses, sometimes I am called to fast, to set time aside to pray and to give alms. Sometimes the cross comes from life.. things happen and some things that happen are painful or at least uncomfortable. I remember Fr. Emil LaFrance preaching on the gifts & fruits of the Holy Spirit that no one prays for like poverty and long-suffering ( I think he said there were 27, wish I had written them down)
Scripture tells me Gold is tested in Fire. These crosses big or small can bring me to God if I walk in Faith and know God call me to Faith. The crosses can make be bitter and unsettled if I do not walk with God.
Christ didn’t survive the cross, but He was victorious in the resurrection. God is bigger than my problems, than any diseases, than my past hurts and God can give me Victory in whatever I go through if I embrace the cross and trust in God.
I haven’t been victorious in every situation. That is when I am grateful for Christ’s victory as He sends out Mercy.
Simple question for me today, God what do you want me to do. Simple answer is Yes God your will be done so that I may join you in victory in heaven one day.
In need of further reflection as I was even dreaming about the word Victory and how it relates to the cross(s).
Gospel Luke 9:18-24
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He scolded them
and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”