Scripture Reading – John 12:24-26
In all truth I tell you, unless a wheat grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
“Each of us has a burden to carry; if not today’s burden, at least to recall yesterday’s or prepare inevitably for some burden
tomorrow, for that is the way of life. There is no human life that does not have its burdens. Much of our lives is indeed the way of the cross, or at least it is so at times.
That burden may be sorrow, or an anxiety; a broken heart; a secret fear; a chronic pain; a disappointment; a frustration; a wound from the past. Burdens take different shapes and are of varying weights but they have this in common: they press hard on us causing us to falter and stumble. They make our journey through life more difficult and perhaps at times seemingly impossible and lead us to wonder about the meaning and purpose of it all. That is, until we remember that the burdens we carry always lead to life, life hidden with Christ in God.
All those burdens are crosses which he asks us to carry, and we carry our crosses through life as he carried his. We meet him in a marvellous manner when we help him to carry his burden and he helps us to carry ours.
The sharing of his Passion is the most certain way of growing closer to him and a sure way too of discovering the meaning of the resurrection, the knowledge that whatever befalls us, whatever happens, we can never be separated from love of him.”
Lord, help me to remember that whatever happens I can never be separated from your love.
For the Cardinal Hume Centre
Father, please bless those at the Centre whose burdens press so hard on them, that life feels impossible.
“You come to realise help is good, everyone needs help at some time, and it’s good that I know that before it’s too late.”