4.21.2011

Look at the Crucifix


"Watch, and pray" Matthew 26:41

The holiest week of the year is upon us. Let us not leave him alone. Let us not fall asleep. We all have our burdens, heavy on our souls or perhaps on our bodies. Maybe we feel consumed with pain or anxiety. But let's not make them unfruitful crosses. Let's take up our particular cross and carry it. With joy. Even if it's hard. We have found our cross. Let's abandon this will of ours that we are so desperately still holding on to, and put it in His hands. Look at those hands. He did this for each one of us. Will we not do even a little? He knows our struggle. He is listening, even if He is silent. He speaks: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit." We hear it. We know now what this means for us. We echo this loving act of abandonment at last. And we mean it.


Let's willfully keep Him company. Let us also go to the Mater Dolorosa and keep her company. Let us wait with the flame in our hearts burning with hope. Let's not lose this hope again.

The following is taken from a beautiful homily by Rev. Anthony J. Rice, S.J.C.

Another way of meditating on the Passion is by simply looking at a Crucifix. We have all seen Crucifixes in our churches and our homes, but have we really looked at the Crucifix? Have we intently gazed upon Christ hanging dead on the Cross? Have we contemplated the wounds of our Lord and seriously considered that God died for us because of His incomprehensible love for us?

It is easy for us to take this for granted because the Crucifix has become so familiar to us. So let us look at the Crucifix with an entirely new perspective.

If you would like to know God, look at the Crucifix.
If you would like to love God, look at the Crucifix.
If you want to serve God, look at the Crucifix.
If you hope for eternal happiness, look at the Crucifix.
If you wonder how God tries to prevent you from hell, look at the Crucifix.
If you wonder how much God will help you to save your immortal soul, look at the Crucifix.
If you wonder how much you should forgive others, look at the Crucifix.
If you wonder how much your faith demands of you in humility, poverty, chastity, meekness, and every virtue, look at the Crucifix.
If you want to know what unselfishness and generosity are, look at the Crucifix.
If you wonder how far your own unselfishness should go to bring others to Christ, look at the Crucifix.
If you want to understand the need for self-denial and mortification, look at the Crucifix.
If you wish to live well, look at the Crucifix.
If you wish to die well, look at the Crucifix.

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