‘The Way of the Cross’: Jesus Receives His Cross

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Jesus receives his cross

“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23)

We thank you Lord because by your own life, you have taught us how to show genuine and selfless love for others, especially for our enemies or simply those who are different from ourselves. Lord Jesus, how many times have we, your disciples, been ready to be identified as your followers when you performed healings and wonders, when you feed the crowd and forgave sins. Yet we have not found it so easy when you spoke about serving and forgiving others, about self-sacrifice and suffering. Grant that we may put our lives always at the service of others.

From “The Way of the Cross with Pope Francis.” To order a free copy, visit, or write

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