Don’t ask why, but the game Jenga popped in my head the other day. It was a fun game of strategy of pulling wooden blocks out of a stack in turns with a group of people. Whoever made the stack tip over and fall lost. Come to think of it, far too many people win at Jenga. I digress.
I was thinking about the individual wooden blocks and how they can represent the crosses in our life. The sacrifices we make for our families. The times we go out of our way for others. The times we give of ourselves. You probably know where I’m going with this before I even start - but our world’s intense desire to remove suffering from our lives is like pulling out the wooden blocks. For every cross in our life, we discard - our Christian lives and our souls begin to wobble. And the more of a desire we have to remove these sufferings, these crosses, the more of a chance our souls have to be in danger of tipping over and crashing.
It’s Lent, and it’s a time organize the stack of crosses in our lives and ask God to make them into a pillar of faith. These crosses are what makes us Catholic. Do not be afraid of giving of yourself for others. That is what it means to pick up your cross and follow Him.
May the Lord give you His peace,