Have you ever looked at our Lord on the cross and thought about Him being the support to cross the chasm into eternal life?
This morning before Holy Mass, as I sat in prayer, my eyes fixed on our Lord on the cross, and I began to think about His body as the support holding the bridge, which souls cross over into heaven.
If you have ever looked at a bridge head on, the supports beneath it, hold up the life that crosses over.
The photo above of the Brooklyn Bridge, you can see how another support is needed. As I pondered our Lord as the Bridge to eternal life, I also seen myself crucified with Him, as all who follow Him are to be. What we the faithful are commanded by our Lord to do, is to hold up our end of the bargain in this life. As I pondered Him on the cross, holding up my end of the bargain simply means to believe, and live the faith that has been given to us from the beginning. Never letting go of His hand and clinging to Him in such a way to ensure the Bridge does not collapse and becomes impassable.
The impassable bridge is the one in which the soul has completely let go of our Lord’s hand, and has taking things into their own hands. Presuming to be greater than our Lord and His sacrifice. Presuming to be able to pass in another way in which our Lord has not.
It was an amazing through to me this morning. To see that all of us are a support for one another in exile, is to see each soul being built in the image of Christ. Therefore we must hold up our end of the barging in this life, where we have been placed, in our family, as if we let go of His hand, the fallen span for others becomes more treacherous and not made simpler for our neighbor.
On this Laetare Sunday, the forth Sunday of Lent, let us remember that our lives are not about us, but rather all of us.
“Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation,* for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.”