As the world exerts efforts to advance comfort and pain-free life, there is increasing evasion from the message of Christ’s love through His death on the cross. Watching movies like The Passion of the Christ, many are asking whether this violent passage is necessary.
But try visiting a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. Would you ask: “Is it necessary for you to have that pain?”
Isn’t it more helpful that you stay with him or her and that you make him or her feel not abandoned in that suffering?
The first reading speaks of the brazen serpent as antidote to the serpents’ bites. Then, Jesus empties Himself and suffers to invade and defeat this world’s afflictions. That is what the embrace of the cross does to those crucified by illness, family distress, and brokenness.
Someone cared to enter and bear their pain.
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