Second Sunday of Lent: Reflections on the Cross

The Latin Cross

By far the most common and widely used of Christian crosses, the Latin Cross is intended to be a simple symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus. Unadorned, it can serve as a stark reminder of sacrifice and death. This depiction invites us to bring our interpretation. Neither beautiful nor repulsive, it is a simple marking of claim.

It is not what we bring to the cross that deserves our contemplation, but rather what we leave at the cross.

“May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)

In our weakness O Lord Your grace is perfected.
It is all there in the shadow of the cross. And this is such a relief.
I no longer have to be strong enough, smart enough, brave enough, good enough.
You God are enough and that is enough. Amen.

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