Jesus says: "If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him ...
take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). He does not say:
"Make a cross" or "Look for a cross." Each of us has a
cross to carry. There is no need to make one or look for one. The cross we have
is hard enough for us! But are we willing to take it up, to accept it as our
Maybe we can't study, maybe we are handicapped, maybe we suffer from
depression, maybe we experience conflict in our families, maybe
we are victims of violence or abuse. We didn't choose any of it, but these
things are our crosses. We can ignore them, reject them, refuse them or hate
them. But we can also take up these crosses and follow Jesus with them.