Tuesday, August 16, 2005
A Daily Reminder: The Crucifix

One very easy way to remember Our Lord's love and mercy is to either wear a crucifix or place one on our walls, typically above the bed. It is also important that we should wear a crucifix (a cross with Christ's body on it) instead of a Cross because it is through Jesus' Cross that we reach the Resurrection. Let us not forget Our Lord's sacrifice.

Some claim that since Jesus is resurrected He should not be on the cross, but if you look at it that way then we should show an empty tomb, not an empty cross. If there was an empty cross then this would be our faith - eternal death, the price of sin (Romans 5:12). But Jesus Christ, who is true Man and true God, chose to pay the price for us (1 Cor 15:3) and died for us even when He did not have to do anything of the such. Jesus never had to enter the Virgin's womb, but He chose to do it so that we might have eternal life with Him. An empty cross for each of us was our destiny, but God chose to free us from the penalty of sin that we willingly deserved. 

Every time we sin we will have only caused Our Lord greater pain on His Cross, so let us remember His sacrifice today, especially in the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary, and thank Him for pardoning us for the sins we willingly commit.

It was Our Lord, Jesus Christ, that prepared the way for us, and we too must follow Him believing that if we die with Him we shall also rise with Him. "Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:38).

"The crucifix should be present in public and private places because this external symbol of God's presence is a reminder of humanity's shared God-given dignity" (Pope Benedict XVI, August 18, 2005)

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