OF CHRIST ARE NOT HARD TO OBEY
is the common impression that to follow Christ is difficult. This
thought couldn't come except from the evil one.
The commands of Christ seem harsh
and even sound impossible but, in fact, they are very easy to obey
because He who gave the commands promises to help carry them out.
And, with Him, nothing is impossible . . . and, in fact, becomes
sweet and light.
The following of Christ is really a
tough and fearsome journey. It is filled with affliction,
persecutions and hardships. But it surely leads to perfect
happiness, peace and freedom from fear.
St. Paul warns us: if we wish to
abide with Christ, we ought to walk as He walked. And Christ walked
with the two feet of humility and charity. If you walk with humility
and charity, you will eventually be exalted. He who tries to be
exalted without humility and charity is taking a step too big; he
will surely fall.
To follow Christ is a declaration
of war with the devil. So, the evil one will oppose, mock and
persecute you; and he will use unbelievers and those who, to all
appearances, belong to the body of Christ to stop you from following
Christ. Bad Christians always persecute good Christians.
The cross is the culmination of the
following of Christ. It is the exaltation of humiliation.
St. Caesarius of Arles