The Other Side

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 09/02/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
August 31, 2014

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
(Matthew 16:24)

The Other Side

I came upon a mountain,
I climbed its dizzy heights,
There standing on the mountain,
Like an eagle winged in flight,
Stood a cross, a lonely sentinel
Pillared ‘gainst the dusk of night.

I gazed upon the gibbet
Stark bare against the sky;
I saw its depth, its breadth, its height,
“Too much, too much,” I cried.

I turned to leave the mountain,
Descend the rugged stairs,
When lo! A voice from heaven
Pierced the mountain’s pure, clear air.
Its haunting echo lured me
To the mountain’s other side,
To find not lonely, empty cross—
But Christ the crucified.

Once more the voice from heaven
Leaped down from out the skies,
And I knew a loving Father
From out of paradise,
Looked down with tender pity
On a child who fails, but tries.

“My child, this cross of Cavary
Its weight you’ll never bear,
‘Til you embrace my loving Son,
Who’s cruelly pinioned there.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What is the difference between a cross and a crucifix?
  2. Why do you avoid rather than embrace the cross?
  3. Do you think your daily crosses could ever match Jesus’ cross?
  4. What are some world-wide issues you could offer up your cross with Christ’s cross?
  5. What does it mean to be a true disciple of Jesus?
  6. How does the scripture “he (Jesus) will repay all according to his conduct” make you feel?


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