“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother…When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman behold your son.” (John 19: 25-26).
We will, in the coming days, enter into the holiest of days. And during these days we might ask ourselves, “Where should we go”?
Oftentimes, we become preoccupied with the preparations for the rites and liturgy we will be celebrating and joining, the recollections and talks we will be conducting and the sacraments which we should faithfully be administering and doing. But amidst all these, let us remember, just as we exhort others to, that we need to, in silence and prayer, draw near the Cross!
Where else should we go but where the Cross of Christ stands? Let us not look on only “from a distance” (cfr. Mt. 27:55) nor let us not be dispersed when the Shepherd has been struck (Mk 14:27). Let us draw close to where the Cross stands where His mother and the one whom He loves bravely stood!
We reflect on the Lord Jesus’ limitless and unconditional love for all of us. We gaze at His poverty. We stand near the Cross that we may also draw from the fountain which gushes at His side that we too may love as He loves and that we too, could be poor like Him so that like Him we could enrich others as well.
We cannot pursue the way toward our Lord Jesus’ Cross without abandoning ourselves. How often have we shun away inconveniences, discomforts, weaknesses and vulnerabilities hindering us to give of ourselves more, to be the disciple whom Jesus loves and to be the disciple who truly loves! Let us have the courage to strip ourselves of the constricting garments that bind us. Let us not be afraid! “For this I was born and for this I came to the world (for this I was called)…” (John 18:37).
Let us draw near the Cross so we can learn to authentically love and make others rich by the poverty we live!
I pray that we all have a holy week! God bless you!
Br. Eugenio Juanilo P. Lopez, OFMCap.
Capuchin Philippine Province