The cross and love who are two words would have one meaning for us: LOVE. “He loved us so much that he gave his life for us.” Only love/cross can make us understand who is really God. “God is love” says St. John 1Jn 4:8. We cannot understand why we should suffer without the suffering of Jesus for our sake. “”In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins” 1 Jn. 4:9-10. Only love/cross can tell us why we are called to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others. Only love/cross can help us to accept the many difficulties, that Jesus would calls daily crosses, during our lifetime. Only love/cross can give us hope of better life and over come despair. Only love/cross can guide my way to continue when everything seems unbearable. Only love can smile through me when I am in pain, sick, depressed, worried and afraid.
Jesus taught us this during his life with us and became our role model. We needed God to show us the way. Many other religions stand with difficulties when they want to explain the mystery of suffering in the world.
The cross is the sign of our unity with God and each other: “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh …thus establishing peace and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it …So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:13-18
The cross is the sign of our triumph and what we are proud of: “But may I never boast except in he cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I do to the world”. Galatians 6:14
Would you nowadays look to love and cross from the same corner?
Would you start to accept the crosses of your life?
Would you really share with Jesus to carry your cross with love?