What are the layers covering my soul that I have to burn in His unique sacrifice? For me, above all are my pride and selfishness. And many times I tried to crucify myself with His cross to get rid of this burden. But the next moment, when I was provoked by new circumstances, I unpicked myself from the nails of the cross and failed to achieve the goal. But my Lord could remain on the cross though he was confronted with a lot of provocations. How did he make it possible and why am I failing always? I have to learn from Him since He has triumphed. Slowly I realized that He was not crucifying His pride or selfishness on the cross for He didn't have them, instead He hanged on the cross in Humility and Love and could remain there until His final breath. Hence, I have to learn that I cannot attempt to crucify my pride and selfishness on the cross. On the contrary, before I get ready to carry my cross and be crucified, I have to become very humble and full of love. For only humility and love can sustain me on the cross until my death and produce goodness and life in this world.
Oh Lord, pour us your precious blood which you shed at Calvary, through the sacraments of your mystical body (Church). For it alone can make us humble and pure. Help us to experience the sacrificial value of your precious blood which removes the hard layers of pride and selfishness of our wrapped souls. Crucified Lord, prepare us to carry our own cross by renouncing ourselves to participate in your redemptive mission and give us a second birth in which our stripped soul shines with your true Glory.