In this week’s readings, one line stood out to me from the book of Hebrews, “Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” Life can be stressful at times, but we are tested on how we handle situations or tasks in our lives. How we act or react in stressful situations can teach us life lessons and to become stronger people. Whether it is balancing different responsibilities or making a life changing decision, help from others makes it easier. Finding someone in your life that has also been in the same position or had to make similar decisions allows you to learn from and connect with someone on a spiritual level. As a member of the lacrosse team, I have a lot of people to learn from and turn to for advice or moral support. Balancing school, sports and work is stressful, but the support from teammates and friends make it worthwhile. Sometimes asking for help from others seems like a bother, but even Jesus needed help carrying the cross.
This reading also discusses how Jesus had to become like his brothers and sisters so that he could become more merciful before God and to save the people from sin. Jesus carried the cross and suffered a painful death so that we may be saved from sin. Every new day brings forth challenges and obstacles that we have to overcome. Overcoming them isn’t easy, but it makes you stronger than the day before.
While writing this reflection I think about a quote I heard from a Theology teacher in high school, “The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you.” God gives us challenges to strengthen us as humans, along with that, He also sends people into our lives to help us learn and grow. We all know how heavy our crosses can be at some points, helping others carry theirs is more important than you think.