On this, the day after ash Wednesday, Jesus commands that we pick up our cross and follow him. What though is our cross? The cross is a symbol and an object that will be mentioned a lot over the next 40 days. The cross is that tree that Jesus was nailed to, it is the device of torture of the Roman empire. What though is the cross that Jesus tells us to pick up? Many say that we are to take our troubles, and sins, and bring them to the cross. Others think of our burdens and sins and challenges as the cross we are to carry. When thinking of the cross, one can think it is what a body hangs from in agony. In Christ’s cross it bears the weight of our sins. Our cross then, could it be what our body hangs from? Could it be our bones, they are what bears the weight of our flesh. To pick up our cross then is simply to stand up and follow Christ. More so our body’s, our humanity, carries our souls. From that body hangs our soul. Then what we pick up and carry, what we follow Christ with, is everything that we are. It is not simply our pain and suffering we follow him with. We do not simply follow him with our sinfulness. We follow him with everything we are, we follow Christ completely. Our joys, and sorrows. Our successes, and failures. To loose our selves then, is to bring ourselves completely to him.
“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.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”