Bro. Ryan Recto
There is more than in remembering the crucifixion of Christ today. It is our response to the invitation of the Cross. It becomes a way to our salvation and for Jesus to fulfill the promise of God’s love. Christ changed its reputation, as a punishment for criminals, God made the Cross a sign of His love and salvation for all.
Sometimes we want to embrace the resurrection and forget the Cross. When we reread the scripture, Jesus was able to deny and empty Himself because His wisdom led him to the cross. His powerlessness in the eyes of the Jews and all people in the sight by of the cross fulfilled the will of the Father made Him powerful. Indeed, the cross invites us to become like Jesus who follow the Will of God in all humility.
The cross also signify suffering and sacrifice. Nowadays, no one wants to embrace the pain that leads to humiliation. We forgot the Cross changed everything. Before the empty tomb witnessed by Mary Magdalene and other disciples, there was a Cross where the savior was crucified and died for us. The invitation leads us to the cross that is life changing. If we pursue something in our life and nothing is changing, maybe we have not been to the Cross. In reality, sacrifice is part of success or fulfilment such as our salvation.
Friday is the way to Sunday or in other words, Cross is the way to the resurrection and salvation of all. Upon the cross, Jesus trusted the Father despite the difficulties. Jesus anticipated his death and resurrection particularly in the Transfiguration. Part of this anticipation is to go to the Cross freely.
As Jesus shared his calling to the cross with the disciples but they did not understand. Jesus still embraced his death in Faith. Facing with the imminent death, Jesus trusted the Father with the promise of resurrection. He trusted the Father and gave everything for our salvation; even if it means giving his very life.
The cross invites us to trust the Lord and embrace His love. Let us ask His grace to do the Father’s will as Jesus taught us so that we will be able to go beyond every circumstances of our life. Changes are inevitable. These changes that will lead us to God as the true fulfilment of eternal life that He promised for all of us.