My message for Sunday will focus on the words of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
"For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.....For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." 1 Cor. 1:18, 22-24.
The cross was looked upon as weakness and defeat by many, and of course, foolishness. However, God can use it as an instrument of salvation. The proclamation of Christ crucified has had saving power through the centuries.
In another way, this Sunday would have us look at the cross and see it as showing us a God who suffers and is willing to enter into our suffering. Our world is filled with suffering and don't we all know such times? The cross helps us to see that God is with us whenever tragedy might strike, such as becoming afflicted with a serious illness. We do not stand alone.
I would invite you to reflect on this mysterious working of God and know that God is with you regardless of what might come your way.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Do you find yourself wanting to think more of Christ's victory and glory as opposed to his suffering?
Have you ever thought of looking at all your tribulations through the woundedness of Christ on the cross?
Do you wear any kind of jewelry that would remind you of the cross?