Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Message of the Cross

The Message of the Cross

August 31, 2012

Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

By Melanie Rigney
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (Psalms 33:5)

(After telling the disciples the parable of the foolish virgins, Jesus said:) “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

Lord, You are good beyond my poor power to comprehend. Thank you. Thank you.

What do you see as the message of the cross?

Is it that we have to get through our own crucifixion to get to our resurrection, the crucifixion of pride, selfishness, fear, anger, envy, and the rest?

Is it this life is hard, really hard, and no matter how much love we are surrounded by from our family and friends, we each end up on that cross alone?

Is it that we were worthless worms whom Christ redeemed, even though we did absolutely nothing to deserve such a great gift?

Or is it that God can’t help himself and the way he just loves us so darn much, and the cross provides a tangible, visible way for us to recognize that?

Or is it something else entirely?

Think about it a little, but don’t waste too much time contemplating this. Get out there and preach. You don’t know how much time you’ve got left here. Stay awake.

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