Christ and His Cross

Subtitle: A Lenten revelation from this morn’s time of prayer and biblical reflection.

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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1.18)

(Christ) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me (2 Corinthians 12.9)

Countless are the calls of Christ to us, saying, “Follow Me,” yet always the word is one of weakness:

“Surrender your strength of your trust in the might of your arm, for your flesh, ever aging, fails…

“Forfeit your faith in the depth of your virtue, which the abounding wilderness beasts of your vices surround…

“Concede your confidence in the power of your will, for temptation to do ill ever crowds your heart’s door…

“Surrender all to Me, take up the cross of this truth, which is your weakness, and then follow Me. For only in dying to your self – your trust in your flesh, your faith in your virtue, your confidence in your will – can you possess the life that is life.”

© 2021 PRA

Illustration: Christ Carrying the Cross (1590-1595), Doménikos Theotokópoulos aka El Greco (1541-1614)

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