I am standing before the cross in all its brutality
And feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.
Why could the church not have a nice
Life-affirming symbol instead of a cross?
Something to remind us to love each other and
That love will always triumph in the end.
But perhaps that would be just too easy
Perhaps we need reminding
That to love unconditionally often comes at a cost
When we cross the barriers of prejudice and exclusion
That society puts up to separate us from the poor and despised
From our traditional enemies
When we truly stand up for what is right
We too may be rejected and ridiculed
The cross reminds us that love has no boundaries, no limitations
We must keep loving, regardless of the consequences
The cross is not a symbol of defeat
But a symbol of the victory of unconditional selfless love
Which should support and inspire us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.