Cross is Honey from the Rock. The Cross is the Fire of Christ’s Love.
19:25 ‘Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His Mother and His Mother’s sister. Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary M.”
At the Hospital see the Cross Lived Out every day ‘On the Cross of the Hospital Bed lay her husband of 64 years. At the foot of the bed was his wife Ann, their 3 children and 7 grandchildren, with friends also gathered together, as they watched this good and holy man breath his last breath. (Talk about the beauty of being at the bedside of watching someone you love to God. Also Catholic tradition to pray that we don’t experience an unexpected death.”
Earlier in this Holy Week we read ‘Martha served while Lazarus was among those reclining at table with him. Mary took about a pint of pure nard of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’s feet. and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.’ Jesus said that she was anointed Him for his death.
This is an image of the the anointing that a priest give a someone who is about to die in the hospital. The anointing is so that they can offer themselves as a fragrant sacrifice to God.
Words of St Rose of Lima ‘Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty ‘Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of affliction it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them that the gift of grace increases as the struggle increases. Let man not stray and be deceived. There is only one true stairway to Paradise and without the cross they can find to other road to climb to Heaven.’
‘Cross is the stairway to Heaven. No other road to climb to Heaven.’
Pope Francis said this about the Cross ‘Nobody come to battle unless he is fully convinced of Victory Beforehand. If we start without confidence we’ve already lost half the battle. Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne with aggresive tenderness against the assault of evil. The evil spirit of defeatism is brother to the temptation to seperate before it time, the weeds from the wheat. It is the fruit of an anxious and self-centered lack of trust.’
Pope Francis also says ‘It will do us good to stop before the crucifix and look at him and say ‘With you nothing is lost, with you I can always hope.’ The cross gives us Hope.
St Leo the Great says about the cross ‘How marvelous the power of the cross. How great beyond all telling the glory of the passion. Here is the judgement seat of the Lord, the condemnation of the world, the supremacy of Christ crucified.’
St Augustine said about the Cross ‘According he effected a wonderful exchange with us through mutual sharing. We gave him the power to die and he gave us the power to live.’
‘The death of the Lord Jesus Christ should not be a cause of shame for us, rather it ought to be our greatest hope, our greatest glory.’
St Paul said ‘I will glory in nothing except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.’