Quiet Storm by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 14 September 2021
Must you, O Lord, come and suffer so I may see your great love for me?
Must you, O Lord, be betrayed and denied thrice so I may see your loyalty?
Must you, O Lord, die and rise again so I may see your glory?
Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”Mark 8:34
So many times like the young man who came to you I find myself asking too "Lord, what must I do to gain eternal life?" But always the same scene you repeat again and again: that I must deny myself, take up my cross, and follow you my Lord to realize the gravity of my sins and the immensity of your love and mercy for me.
Let me turn to you and remain with you, Lord at your Triumphant Cross that I must raise up over the world to illumine the paths that lead to life and love into the gates of heaven found here on earth and not above; must I fall and stumble, raise me up along with others who are also following you with whom I must find you too to truly exalt your Cross!