Good Friday is always a day for quiet meditation, and today is no different.

But sometimes, the difficulties of the present can overwhelm one’s efforts to contemplate more spiritual matters. 

Perhaps you are concerned about your health – or the health of a loved one. Perhaps your fears are for your job or business. Perhaps the stress of the shutdowns and stay-at-home orders are wearing you down.

Do not despair. Because today is the day that we walk the path of the crucified Christ, who takes on all our burdens and transforms us with the promise of eternal life.

Jesus knew what it was to feel sorrow and pain – recall the Agony in the Garden. He also reminded us that to follow His path means accepting the challenges that come with it. As Christ followed his Father’s plan, so will we – no matter the costs and burdens involved.

Today, we will meditate on the fact that we each have to take up our own cross and follow Christ. It is not always easy, but it is always spiritually fulfilling. On this Good Friday, I pray that your cross is not too heavy, and that you will remember that your brothers and sisters are here to help you bear it.