Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Passers-by at the cross

Fulton sheen talks about the passers-by at the cross.

Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross.
Mark 15:29-30

Sheen says that they don't stay long enough to understand the cross. I see some current events reflected in this verse.

Today we might not say "Come down" but we pass by the cross alot. We look away. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in the middle east are on a cross. They are suffering. And in many ways, the west looks away. We pass by going nowhere.

In a real way, there is not alot a common person can do. Or is there?

Writing congressmen and congresswomen.
Promoting awareness

These are ways to acknowledge this modern cross, and in doing so we say a prayer at the foot of the eternal cross.

All of us who write blogs and draw awareness to these issues, think a moment on a possibility. Maybe someone who has the political or social power to effect a greater change may be made aware by such efforts.

Maybe one day we will be in a place to do even more.

The hand of the Lord guides all things, even if we do not understand.

Let the Cross and its' meaning be in our hearts. Let us take a moment each day to look without turning away. If one person stops on a street to look at something, another will stop and look the same way. Then another, and another. Soon enough to make a difference will be gathered.

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