The Cross A Shame
“Whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and My word,
in this adulterous and sinful generation,
of Him also shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when He comes in the Glory of the Father with the holy angels.”
When I next saw the disciple, he had taken down his cross from its place of honor and begun to carry it as his Lord required. But just then he spied certain bystanders looking at him in contempt.
Unable to endure their reproach, he put the cross behind him and even attached a rope by which he was dragging the cross on the ground. He had also placed a veil over his face to conceal his identity and disguise himself. The Lord again approached the disciple and lifting the veil said, “Ashamed of Me and My cross! Is it possible? For you I endured the cross, despising the shame. In heaven among the angels of God I make mention of my redeemed, and am ‘not ashamed to call them brethren.’ And is this all the return you have to make to me?'”