A Good Friday Challenge- Father Seraphim McCune

“And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.” (St. Luke 23:36, KJV) Whose cross have you carried lately? Whose burden have you taken up as your own?
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (St. Matthew 25:32-40, KJV) If Jesus, God from all eternity can condescend to the kenosis, the self-emptying of His Divinity to take on our humanity and carry the cross of our sins, how much more should we carry one another’s crosses in imitation of Him Who died and rose for us and His carrying of our burdens debts to Him for no other reason than we needed Him to. I challenge each of you: As Jesus died for us on Good Friday so long ago, let each of us die to self this day. As Jesus rose to newness of life on Easter Sunday so long ago, let us rise to a new life of self-less caring for others even at our own expense simply because they need us to do it. I believe that is what Jesus would do — because it is what He did!

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