"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?" What cross is Jesus speaking of?
What will we learn about Jesus this Lent, that he is just a good man whose example would be nice to follow? Or will we learn that for us to gain heaven, to become God's daughters, Jesus had to sacrifice himself for the good of us all.
As mothers we know of the crosses we bear in our daily life. For some mothers, mothering is not as easy as it is for others. These moms may have children under the influence of those who wish to do them harm, or are victims of abuse, or having little support for themselves and their children. Then there are mothers who must shoulder the responsibility of parenting because their beloved husbands are away servicing their family, their country, their calling. Still there are the mothers who know great sorrow. Every life, every family, every person will have troubles, crosses to bear, and it is the message of this Lenten Mass reading is to know that what God is not testing us, but giving us the support we need to carry our crosses.
When we were called as mother who lost our old life, and accepted the new life. When we were Baptized as Priest, Prophet and Queen we became new creatures in Christ. In Lent we journey with Jesus to the Cross, but His Cross was the great sacrifice, a sacrifice we could not do because we are not capable to be the Lamb of God, the great sacrificial gift to the Father for the sins of the many. Our mothering sacrifice is enough for God, God has given His Only Begotten Son so our burdens will be bared up by our Brother and Saviour: Jesus Christ.
It is God's promise that we can lay our burdens at the foot of the Cross.