August 7, 2020

Frequently during the liturgical year, we hear this reading to “take up our cross” and follow the LORD. Each day we embrace our cross and see where it takes us. Perhaps this is a stark reminder that each day we are also called to “let it go.”

“Let It Go” is one of the most popular songs Disney ever produced. From the 2013 animated feature film Frozen, the music and lyrics were composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. It is a song about taking up the cross: realizing that we are called to do something, but frightened or hiding, rather than embracing or seizing our vocation.

We also tend to keep preconceived notions that create crosses, inhibiting our Christian life. We follow our own will, rather than the cross of Christ. What did Dolly Parton say in the movie 9 to 5: “Get off the cross, we need the wood.”

With another opportunity to hear, read, reflect on our lives and vocation, and the true cross that God gives us for salvation, what do we need to “let go” of in our own life to more clearly, freely, follow the LORD?

A lot of folks recognize the crosses that have held them back, and held back a nation, with ideals that did not reflect that the cross and gospel that matters. Now, we are better at walking together. During Christ’s final stretch with his cross to Calvary, Simon was called forth to assist. Perhaps we could assist others today with their cross, once we’ve taken our own turn of reflection and letting go, moving forward and embracing the invitation to save our life. Let us lose our own “stuff” that gets in the way, and embrace what matters most.

Let Us Pray:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because, by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world!
Redeem me from the fears and worries that keep me from moving forward and serving you in faith, hope, and love.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.