Lol,"That the Cross is also central to authentic Christian experience is also illustrated by Jesus' own words recorded in Mark 8:34 -'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.' Our Lord's path was one of suffering before he reached his glory. Can we his followers expect therefore to be different? Or are we tempted to jump on the wagon of triumphalism which promises, not suffering, but continuing excitement and physical well-being."
The cross mentioned in the verse is not a literal cross but refers to the commandments contained in the Scriptures!!! Therefore it is wrong for Roman Catholics to carry a wooden cross during Lent for the matter is futile!!! According to the Bible, Christ already sacrificed once, and, good for all time for the sake of those whom He loved:
"But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand." (Hebrews 10:12, New Living Translation)
We have to follow Christ's commands and which should be our priority sacrifices!!! Christ says:
"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying,Lord, Lord, open for us, and He will answer and say to you,I do not know you, where you are from,
"Then you will begin to say,We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets. But He will say,I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out." (Luke 13:24-28, NKJV)
Therefore, man must enter or join the true Church to be saved and to attain life everlasting, for by doing so, he is letting God direct his life because he is obeying His command taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Real Elias Ibarra