I read this passage today in the Divine Office at Universalis.com, and I found it so provocative on this Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you find it as thought-provoking and heartening as I did.
What are these Christians about, exalting an instrument of torture?
First, we rejoice that something so terrible should have been transformed into a means of redemption for the whole human race.
Second, we remind ourselves of the fact that Christianity is not an abstract and spiritual religion. It springs from God’s direct intervention in the affairs of the world, a real historical event involving real people and, in the end, a real execution on a real cross.
We may theorise and theologize all we like; but all our theorizings and theologizings are nothing without the history on which they are based. Take away that history – take away the Cross – and Christianity is nonsense.