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The Man On The Cross


Christ Crucified is a 1780 painting by Francisco de Goya via Wikipedia

Christ Crucified is a 1780 painting by Francisco de Goya
via Wikipedia

One night a fire broke out in a home where a young mother and her two small children were sleeping.  The flames had a good start before the woman woke up and discovered the dense smoke.  A wall of fire stood between her and the children’s bedroom.  Her mother’s love overcoming her fear of the intense heat, she stepped through the flames and brought her children to safety.

She saved their lives, but came away from the experience with her once beautiful face badly scarred.  As the children grew up and heard often the story of their mother’s heroism, they came to love her more and more.  When they looked at her misshapen features, they realized that she had suffered this for love of them.

So, too, Christ on the cross tells much the same story.  His bruised and beaten Body, completely human with its nerves, bones and flesh, points out His love for us.  He went through this painful experience to save us from death.

A friend once gave me a hand carved crucifix made from rough, hard wood.  Even on picking up this crucifix, I sometimes get a sliver in my hand and my lips feel the uneven surface of his body.  Like the children in the story above, I say to myself, “He surely must have loved me to go through this harrowing experience for my sake.”

One day Peter said in an outburst of faith, “You are the Messiah.”  Messiah means, “the Savior, the long awaited One.”  Many followers of Christ make the mistake of thinking that He acted as Savior, the Messiah, only once on Calvary a long time ago.

In truth, the Lord comes each day to save us from our weaknesses, to lift us up from our unloving ways of thinking and acting.  When we notice ourselves falling into anger, bitterness, shortness of temper and darkness of despair and discouragement, we cry out, “Lord, You are the Messiah.  Save me.”  He is still our present day Messiah.

In my own personal life, I have found that the more convinced I am about the Lord’s Love for me, the more quickly I cry out for His saving help.  “Jesus, Messiah, come and save me from these forces of darkness.”  Like a sudden fresh breeze, His consoling help flows about me.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 4, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Hi Fr. George! Thank you for the beautiful post today! What wonderful advice you always give, and if only people would listen more to that! So many people are ‘lost’ in the world, and if they only knew that they have the best friend in the world with Jesus right by our side always, they would feel completely at peace. Thank you for always pointing this out to us! You are a wonderful spiritual director to those of us that follow your blog! I hope that you are having a good day today! Love and miss you!

    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | August 4, 2013 | Reply

  2. I love reading your writings. I save them so I may read them again and again. They help with getting through the day. God bless you!

    Comment by Kathleen M Fitzgerald | August 4, 2013 | Reply

  3. God Bless you FR George. Your mission as sheperd of Christ.s flock is meaningfull/

    Comment by Paul Krueger | August 4, 2013 | Reply

  4. Thank you forever Fr. George for your words of great faith that instruct, inspire and lead us closer and closer to Him. What a gift, your priesthood to our world…you remind us so beautifully of His Presence in our lives…every moment! God’s Blessings, Love & Grace, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | August 5, 2013 | Reply

  5. True, the Lord is an ever present
    blessing in u our time of need

    Comment by jo | August 6, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you Father McKenna
      Ur a Blessing to us all!

      Comment by jo | August 6, 2013 | Reply


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