Our Lord said: Take up your cross and follow me!
Jesus did not say: take up your cross and be depressed about it. No.
What a great gift when the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception says: As the Master, so the disciple. We have the privilege of standing with our Lord in His trials. Yay! We give joyful witness to the Lord and we look forward to heaven. That’s not presumption. That’s called the supernaturally provided virtue of hope, sanctifying grace, coming from the fiery Holy Spirit.
Speaking of the fiery Holy Spirit and the flames of His ardent love. Some flowers for you Mary, you who stood next to Jesus in His trials.
Your Son, Jesus, is very patient with us and works with us, at your intercession, so that we might also stand next to Jesus in His trials, returning after having run away. (Luke 22:28-30):
- “You are the ones who have stood by Me in My trials. And I bestow on you a kingdom, just as My Father has bestowed one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Having returned… what a joy… even under great stress. The love of God is stronger than our depression, stronger than our fear, stronger that distraction and temptation and darkness and feeling distant, stronger than sickness and death and suffering the stupid violence of others, strong enough to get us to heaven. And that’s a great occasion for joy in the Holy Spirit, the fiery Holy Spirit.