Is the Cross enough? How do you feel about someone else paying the price for you?
How many times do we think about the Crucifixion?
How often do we look at the cross….really look?
For me, It’s a very hard thing to focus on. I try to avoid it as often as I can. I like to picture Jesus as the good looking “Surfer” Jesus…..or the Good Shepherd with the little lost sheep. However, focusing on only these aspects or depictions of Jesus is denying His true mission. He came to awaken the “dead”…..not just those who were physically dead but those who were also “dead” to the greatest commandment of Love. So many of the Pharisees were sticklers to the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law.
With all the crime shows that I enjoy and can watch, I can not stomach many of the scenes of “The Passion of the Christ”. My eyes are full of tears…. I feel sick to my stomach…and I’m a blubbering mess. Why? Because I am brought to my knees. The cross is a reminder of a love that I can’t fathom. It’s a reminder to me of a love far greater than I can return. A real reminder of the brutality of sin and the actions of those who do nothing.
And on Good Friday, I must face that bloodied face…..I must watch My Lord take up His cross….my cross….knowing that my sins nailed him there.
Is the cross enough….to change my life?????
This lent I have been taking part in an online Lenten reflection with Redeemed Online. It was set up by one of my friends from Franciscan University as a means to draw us closer to Christ this Lent. It was a series of 2-3 minute daily videos from Catholic speakers around the world. It was just what this overwhelmed, tired momma needed. A video that came right to my email and could set up my day with Christ. The latest video was from a personal friend who runs the Dirty Vagabond Ministries. Please take a second to check out all the amazing work my friend, Bob is doing with his ministry after watching this video.
Ouch….that cuts deep. Bob is right. I’m one of those people in the crowd.
Too weak to live my life radically committed to Christ….
I wish I could be like St. John…..a pillar of strength for Our Lady. He never denied Christ. He was loving…he stood at the foot of the cross. He was not ashamed.
But scripture tells me that “God mercies are renewed every morning.” Today is a new day.
In fact, everyday is.
And I have time to recommit my life…and my heart.
This picture captures the beauty of an hour of my morning.
A hot cup of vanilla tea…some beautiful Catholic music…..and some quiet time to focus on the cross.
It was the main meal for this hungry girl’s soul.
The children surprised us with “dessert”….. a beautiful rendition of the Stations of the Cross.
Kids have such simple faith. They believe. They desire God. They trust that they are loved and desired by God. Watching their Stations play, helped remind me how simple Jesus’s message was: Love
Is the Cross enough?
…and it calls me to greatness.
It beckons my soul to seek to return such greatness…..
To love without hesitation or reservation.
What about you? Is it enough to change you?