TODAY LET US HELP ONE ANOTHER TO FOCUS ON THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION

The cross of Jesus Christ is central to our mission. Like the apostle Paul, we “preach Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2: 2). If we bear in our body the death of Jesus, it is with the hope that the life of Jesus, too, may be seen in our body (cf. 2 Cor 4:10). Through the eyes of our crucified Saviour we see the world which he redeemed with his blood, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection (cf. Phil 3: 10).

OMI Constitutions and Rules, Constitution 4

Detail of an icon written by Lauretta Agolli

For the young Eugene de Mazenod, his encounter with the Cross was a stepping stone to new life – to resurrection. Some of us were brought up to keep our gaze at the foot of the Cross, reflecting on our misery and on how much Jesus suffered because of us.

It is true that we can never meditate sufficiently on the price paid by Jesus to rescue us from our misery. He did, however, die to remove us from our misery and bring us to the fullness of life in the resurrection. “If we bear in our body the death of Jesus, it is with the hope that the life of Jesus, too, may be seen in our body.”

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1 Response to TODAY LET US HELP ONE ANOTHER TO FOCUS ON THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I love this reflection on how while standing at the foot of the cross we can forget to look up and focus. The companions of this pandemic seem to be fear, and panic and the temptation to become overwhelmed with the darkness. I think of the stories from the Old Testament how God’s own chosen people gave into the misery of journey, time and time again.

    In some ways we are no different and we need reminders, we need others to remind us, to invite us to look up.

    Constitution 4 is all about the cross and the crucifixion; but it is more than just death. The second half reminds us to look up – to see through the eyes of our crucified Saviour; to see through the eyes of our Risen Jesus. When we do that our entire self refocuses and it is through eyes of supreme and total love that we see. “…we see the world which he redeemed, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer…” We begin to focus on a world that is greater than just our pain.

    I choose to believe in the cross that is always accompanied with and a part of the resurrection. I choose to believe.

    Today in our world it takes great courage and heroism to remain at home, to stand and find ways of working through the isolation we are being asked to endure.

    I looked at the readings for today, especially that of Ezekiel and find more hope. I am not used to running to the readings of the day and yet here I am. This is a new way for me to pray and reflect but I do draw new hope and light from the reading.

    When we look up through the eyes of our crucified and risen Saviour we recognize not only the growing struggle, pain and devastation of our lives; we see also the light of the resurrection and the new life that brings.

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