The Way of the Cross: The Way of Love, the way to win in Life
It’s the Holy Week. This is the week when the whole of Christendom commemorates the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and His death.
In preparation for this week, a bunch of us from our work unit went and did our annual Stations of the Cross reflection.
As we walked the Stations of the Cross, I was reminded of our greatest calling in life:
The call to Love.
Love God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind. Love my neighbor as I love myself.
Everything I do must spring from this… And oftentimes, this is where I fail.
Most often than not, I allow my selfish passions to drive me.. What I want, what I like, what I feel… Me, my and my shadow.
I love myself more than I love others. And sometimes, I admit, more than I love God, even when I often say I love Him.
But isn’t this the starting point.. To love myself? How can I love others if I can’t love myself first? That’s often my argument when my conscience bugs me.
When I walked the Stations of the Cross, though, I looked at what Jesus did, out of love for God and for me.. And what can I argue with that?
I walked the Way of the Cross and I relive it all again.
I hear Him say in the Agony at the Garden, “Father, not what I want but what You want.”… I see Him embracing the Cross fully and completely, falling down hard 3x yet getting up again and again… Meeting His sorrowful Mother which probably caused Him the greatest pain, choosing to die as was written of Him, crucified like a common criminal, finally crying out “It is finished!”
He not only showed me how to live but especially how to live in love.. The love that does not seek its own interest but only the good of the beloved. That’s God and us, His Beloved.
He truly love God, His Father, with all His heart, with all His soul, and with all His mind. He truly love us, His neighbor, even more than He loved Himself.
How do I know that? The Way of the Cross.
His actions, walking the Way of the Cross proved it. Didn’t they say actions speak louder than words?
So, though I’m shamed, walking the way of the cross, at my selfishness and sinfulness.. At my own unloving ways.. I’m also encouraged.
Why? Because I know He loves me. And His love just keeps on healing me.. Healing me from my selfishness and sinfulness.. Healing me to love.
To love God and my neighbor.. Just as much as He loves me.
And yes, I’ll still fail… Maybe I’ll keep on failing while I’m still in this flesh but just like Him, I’ll try and get up again… Again and again. Until one day, I, too will cry out in triumph, “It is Finished!”
That’s how we win in life and over death.
Love never gives up; and its hope, faith, and patience never fails. (1Corinthians 13:7 GNBDK)
I will be perfected in love. Oh yes.. You too.
So, let’s keep at it, huh? Let’s keep learning how to love… Just as Jesus loves… Even when we have to walk our own way of the Cross.
The Way of the Cross, the Way of Love… That’s the only way to really win in life.
- This Holy Week, walk the Way of the Cross and remember His love for you.
- Everyday after, walk the Way of Love… Loving God, with all our hearts, all our souls, and with all our mind. And loving our neighbor just as Jesus loves us.
Dear Jesus, this Holy Week and everyday after… Teach us how to love and keep on loving even if we fail again and again. Help us remain in Your love so we can love just as You do. Amen.
This is it for now.
To our Health, Wealth, and Victory, GODSPEED!