This is the wood of the cross for the salvation of the world to hear and discern.
In a moment we will adore the cross. The central point of our liturgy.
We pause for a moment before the crucified Jesus and it should be a short pause for us too to view our lives. Though it will be just a moment, it should be a moment in which everything else will not be import_ant. This moment should awaken in me the thought that someone gave His life for me. Someone dedicates Himself to my life.
It is not to make us guilty. God does not expect this. But it is a point of awakening in us a better understanding that someone saved my life that life is now a gift.
However, we are used to the sight of the Cross, just as we are used to many things. For many, the Cross is something normal and ordinary. A decoration or a company logo.
We have forgotten that the Cross is NOT an addition to our faith. It is NOT a decoration. The Cross is not only a commemoration after an event. The Cross is still and will be the way of Christ and my way.
As long as I live, the Cross is just as much alive as the suffering I encounter. We can run away from the Cross but, with no Cross we cannot be disciples of the Lord.
This is the Paradox.
The greatest Gift from Christ to us is the Cross and Suffering. Though we will never understand this Pope Francis said: "this mysterious Gift we can only approach through prayer and the cry of repentance."