The Cross Speaks
If you ever have any doubt that you are loved, look to the Cross. On the Cross the God-man Jesus showed us the perfect expression of love. He showed it to you and He showed it to me.
“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).”
If we love Jesus, we are His friends. And even before we were knit together in our mother’s womb by the goodness of the Father, Jesus had already gone to the Cross for us, His friends. Jesus had already descended from highest Heaven to share in our humanity. And in our place, He suffered.
God Became Man
He suffered in union with us, before the Cross. God Himself chose to become man in the Person of the Son. The Son of God, fully man as well, experienced the whole gamut of human emotion and ordeal. He has felt the pangs of hunger. He has been thirsty. He has been tired. He most likely stubbed His toe or got a splinter. Any one of these sufferings could have been enough to redeem the human race because the perfect divine Son of God experienced these sufferings on our behalf.
The Passion of our Lord
Still, Jesus allowed Himself to be betrayed by His close friend. He allowed Himself to be taken captive. He allowed Himself to be spat upon and mocked. He allowed Himself to be judged by a Roman. He allowed Himself to be scourged, to have a crown of thorns placed on His head, to have the Cross put on His back. He bared its heavy weight to the top of the hill of Calvary. He allowed Himself to be nailed hands and feet to the rough wood of the Cross. And He was lifted high for all to see. And there He breathed His last.
Of course, the story does not end there. Three days later, He rose from the dead forever conquering sin and death and opening a way for us to come to eternal life and happiness. Thanks be to God!
The Cross Speaks
The Cross speaks to us. On the Cross, we hear the Good News. God became man, so that man could become like God. Jesus died, so that we might live. The Cross speaks loudly of a deep and abiding love. The Cross speaks throughout all time until Christ comes again. The Cross speaks at every Mass. The Cross speaks an invitation to abundant life if we embrace the crosses in our own lives.
The Cross speaks. Do we listen?