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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

8- I Carried His Cross with Him

 

A youth used to come to Father Pishoy Kamel looking for work. Finally, an owner of a factory hired him and made him carry a tremendous amount of paper on a bicycle to deliver to various places. One day, this youth came to Fr. Pishoy and said, Today I carried Jesus cross with Him.

How? asked Fr. Pishoy(1).

St-Takla.org Image: A young man falling down with his bike under some paper packages, and seeing Jesus carrying the cross - illustration by Mr. Amgad Wadea صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: شاب ساقط مع دراجته تحت مجموعة من رزم الورق، ويرى السيد يسوع المسيح حاملًا صليبه - رسم الفنان أمجد وديع

St-Takla.org Image: A young man falling down with his bike under some paper packages, and seeing Jesus carrying the cross - illustration by Mr. Amgad Wadea.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: شاب ساقط مع دراجته تحت مجموعة من رزم الورق، ويرى السيد يسوع المسيح حاملًا صليبه - رسم الفنان أمجد وديع.

The youth answered, I was carrying a heavy load of papers on my bicycle and I came to a steep hill at the end of Port Said St, Alexandria. I tried hard to pedal up the hill, but my strength failed and suddenly I found myself falling under a huge pile of papers, I wasnt even able to move.

No one approached me or offered any kind of help. I found Jesus lying down beside me beneath the weight of His cross, and sweat was dripping from Him. I realized that at that moment I was sharing Him His sufferings and I was exceedingly glad. I felt myself not worthy of this great honor. With joy, I started to pray to Him thankfully, O my Lord do I deserve to carry Your Cross? I am exceedingly glad for the sufferings of Jesus in me.

I carried His cross with Him.

 No, it is His cross carrying me.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: حملت معه صليبه!

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O Jesus, when every hand seemed cold to me,

I found Your hand stretched out with great love to me!

When I found Your way narrow,

I found that You were my companion in the way of the cross.

You converted the bitterness of the road,

To the sweetness of Your life.

I hear Your loving voice whispering:

My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

I kneel before the Cross,

And my earthly life is converted into a heavenly one,

Your Cross is wonderful, lifting me up to You.

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Footnotes and references for this page here at St-Takla.org:

(1) Abouna is a term used by the Coptic people to address their fathers the priests. It is equivalent to the English Fr.


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