crucifix-3-smallWritten By: Amber Miller

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

You might have said these words or heard them spoken, particularly if you have meditated on the Stations of the Cross, or attended a Holy Week service. After celebrating a Sacrament, you may have received a Cross or a Crucifix, and you have likely seen crosses worn by celebrities and religious figures alike. Images of Christ on the Cross (or just the Cross on its own) is one of the most recognizable and celebrated symbols in the world. But do we really recognize it? Can we honestly claim to fathom that God enrobed Himself with our flesh, walked the earth as a servant of His own creation, and allowed himself to be brutally slaughtered to save the very people who hated Him? We hear this story all the time, but do we really take the time to consider the agony, the humiliation, the terror, of being naked on a Cross in front of everyone you know? Do two intersecting rectangles adequately sum up the piercing sorrow of a Mother who watched the blood she gave to her Son being drained from His body? Do we dare to contemplate the Holy Face of God, spattered with His own blood, and understand our personal stake in His torment? And do we allow God’s triumph to overpower our shame when we experience the liberation of the Baptismal font and the Confessional?

In the Jewish tradition, one of the most crucial aspects of Jewish identity is to see the Patriarchs of God’s Chosen People as your own relatives, a family with which you have a close and personal connection. Jewish people must place themselves in the very story of Exodus, to the point where it’s no longer just a story, but something that they personally lived through. Similarly, Saint Paul tells us that if we wish to partake in the victorious resurrection of Christ, we must first be “crucified with Christ.” We as Catholic Christians know that we are part of the Story of Salvation: we are the sinners in need of saving. However, do we take the time to stand at the foot of the Cross with Our Lady, watching with both horror and awe as Jesus pours out drop of His life? In the midst of suffering and temptation, do we make a point of saying with Mary, “let it be done unto me according to Your word,” and with Jesus “let not my will, but Yours be done”? Today as the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, take a moment to meditate on the mystery, the beauty, and the wonder of the Cross. Ideally, you can pray the Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary and ask Our Lady to show you what she saw on that history-changing Good Friday. You could also reflect on this beautiful song, the lyrics of which are below.

The Wonder of the Cross

O precious sight my Savior stands
Dying for me with outstretched Hands
O precious sight I love to gaze
Remembering salvation’s day
Remembering salvation’s day

Though my eyes linger on this scene
May passing time and years
Not steal the pow’r with which it impacts me
The freshness of its mystery
The freshness of its mystery

Refrain
May I never lose the wonder
The wonder of the cross
May I see it like the first time
Standing as a sinner lost
Undone by mercy and left speechless
Watching wide eyed at the cost
May I never lose the wonder
The wonder of the cross

Behold the God-man crucified
The perfect sinless Sacrifice
As Blood ran down those nails and wood
History was split in two
Yes history was split in two

Behold the empty wooden tree
His Body gone alive and free
We sing with everlasting joy
For sin and death have been destroyed
Yes sin and death have been destroyed

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