Jesus isn’t calling us to do the easy thing. He is calling us to the Cross.
Talk about a mid-week wake up call! I opened my daily e-mail from Blessed Is She (which you are majorly missing out on if you don’t subscribe to!) with the readings for the day and devotion and was hit with this reminder. It came at the best time, as God tends to do and made me immediately think of this Psalm as well.
The Christian life, if lived the way it’s meant to be, is not easy. The Christian life calls us to be painfully uncomfortable at times. It calls us to do something that the world regularly shies away from- to be totally and utterly selfless and humble, and to love in authentic way. To know that our life is not just all about us and what we want, but about what His plans for us are. (Which are almost always wayyyyy better than we could have ever thought of). There’s nothing more humbling than surrendering our lives and decisions to God when we get overwhelmed and don’t know what to do.
But the idea of authentic love and faith that we see in the Gospel is the part that calls us out the most. It calls us to put the good of the others in our life before all- namely, to love those most closely to us so much that we have those hard conversations with them because we desire Heaven as the ultimate good for them. It also asks us to put God before them. This was something I struggled with until I took a class in Christian Marriage and did Engaged Encounter with my husband and realized how much sense it makes. I can’t love fully and authentically if my love and life are not completely grounded in Christ first because He is the only example of perfect love. What better way to learn how to love better and more fully than from the one who does it better than anyone?
So how do we find the strength to live this life we are all called to? I think prayer. Making prayer such an important part of your day that it becomes embedded in everything you do. Prayer in the morning, offering up our day and struggles throughout it, making the sacrifice of time and company to pray the Rosary, read our Scriptures and go to Mass. It’s making these things a priority that empowers us to unshakable and unstoppable faith.
To wrap up a rambling post, these readings left me feeling called to do better. To ask myself every day how I am embracing my cross and how well I am loving. To be striving for holiness everyday and know that I can only attain it in love and consistent prayer life. Because even though the Christian life is a hard one at times, it also brings the most perfect joy.