CROSS IS NOT LOSS:
The cross is a necessary part of life. After seeing many dying I have come to the conclusion that there is no pain in dying, the pain is in living. We do not know whether to call it a dying life or a living death. Most of our comforts grow up between our crosses. If human life has its own crosses, Christian life adds its own crosses. It is a cross to follow Christ, for in following him, we are expected to suffer rather than sin; it is a cross to reject the world’s sleazy way of life and live by God’s way. It is a cross to be faithful to the duties of one’s vocation, such as marriage, parenting, priesthood or religious life. Jeremiah went through torments to be faithful to his call to preach the Word of God to the people. He found the cross of preaching so heavy that he once shouted at God saying: “O God, you have seduced me; you have made me a daily laughing stock, the butt of every joke” (Jer 20:7). Hence the cross is not an arm of Christian truth; it is the heart of it. But the arresting Gospel promise is that the cross enriches life. As Christ says, “Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt 16:25) Fr. Albeen.