Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
The First Reading from today’s Mass reminds us that Jesus “gets” what we are going through. While being God, He also took on flesh and became man. He understands what it’s like to be tempted by the devil and by the allurements of the world. He experienced humiliation, rejection and suffering. In His hour of greatest need, He was deserted by those closest to Him. Ultimately, He was murdered by the very people that He came to save.
By His life, death and resurrection, Christ showed us that the Cross is the way to eternal life. Each of us have crosses in our lives, some worse than others. No matter what kind of cross you are carrying today, take comfort in the fact that Jesus knows what you are going through. What may seem like pain and agony is your personal way to Heaven. By all means, ask the Lord to give you the graces to carry your personal cross. Feel free to ask Him to take it away, but accept His decision. Above all, don’t forget to unite your suffering with that of Jesus. By doing so, you will not only experience peace, but you will be helping Our Lord with His redemptive mission. What a privilege and honor!