2. Jesus Bears His Cross

Jesus is made to carry the cross on which he will die. It represents the weight of all our crosses. The Cross has been sanctified because it was the instrument which Jesus used for our Redemption. All Christians who aspire to heaven must take up the cross of the Lord and follow him. This will mean walking in his steps, imitating his virtues and having but one purpose and goal: his. The only safe way to the promised land is the way of the cross. As pilgrims here, we retrace the same path Christ trod for our salvation. Through trial and affliction, we go forward with eyes fixed on our heavenly goal.

Where there is injury from sin,
we need to ask your pardon Lord,
for our own sins, and those of the whole world.
And where we have been injured by others,
let me accept my cross too
and let me pardon them and imitate you.

My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of thy sacred wounds.

Jesus' Crown of Thorns - BSP Symbol