Remembering the Crucifix

April 7, 2015

While I know we are in Easter Season today, I did want to share my latest post on dotMagis titled, “The Crucifix and Good Friday”.   And while our daily readings are now focused on Jesus’ Resurrection, it is helpful to return to the Crucifix to remember why the Resurrection matters

 

The crucifixion, however, is not the end of the story. Jesus Christ rose. Good Friday reminds us of God’s power and ability to transform the darkest of hours and the darkest of situations and the moments of utter despair. We remember on Good Friday what happened to Jesus and what he did for us and how God sacrificed his Son for us. However, we celebrate and believe and know that death is not the end of the story.

God overcame death. Christ rose from the dead so that we might fully know and understand that he was our Savior, our light, our hope, our way, our truth, and our life. Jesus revealed and showed us his Father. Jesus revealed to us God’s ability to heal, to love, to show mercy, and to walk with us in our suffering. The Resurrection shows us that evil does not win. God, in his infinite power and ability to transform anything, wins.

The Crucifix reminds us of the Paschal Mystery, that Jesus died and rose again. As we lean into the Easter Season, let us not forget where the gift of our joy and hope came from– Jesus on the crucifix.

 

 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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