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Why have we come to the cross? by Phyllis Cardona

Jesus on the CrossMeditation: Why have we come to the cross?
by Phyllis Cardona

Why have we come to the cross?
Are we among the curiosity seekers?
Are we still trying to figure out what is going on?
Are we here to reframe the events so that we can
maintain the status quo without challenging our beliefs?
Are we fearful and hiding in the shadows or
Are we looking for a leader, for someone to rely on?
Why have we come?

Why have we come to the cross?
Are we here to protest the injustice?
Are we here to argue with God,
and to wrestle with irresolvable issues?
Are we here to lay down some rage –
to figure out if we can ever forgive God
for allowing this to happen?
Why have we come?

Why have we come to the cross?
Are we here because we are immobile and
stunned by the suffering and pain of this
dreadful display of cruel and inhuman treatment?
Are we searching for the few remaining faithful ones
we can cling to to bolster our own faltering faith?
Why have we come?

Why have we come to the cross?
Are we afraid of what the hour of our own death will be like?
Are we afraid that all of our efforts will end in vain,
And that no one will be with us to bless us on our way,
to mourn our passing and to care for our loved ones?
Why have we come?

Why have we come to the cross?
Are we here to stand vigil with a dying friend?
Are we here to prepare the body for burial –
to wipe away the signs of a brutality
we can hardly bear to witness,
and to restore, in some way, a measure of reverence
and dignity that humanity cries out for?
Are we here to console his Mother and to
share in the silent communion of a final, loving gaze?
Why have we come?

Whatever the reason, we are here. Together we stand at the foot of the cross, not afraid of the reason why we are here, but knowing that we must be here to face all that is known and yet unknown because it is in this very place that God is powerfully present.

Thank you to Phyllis Cardona of Albany. A writer, retired catechist, and so much more, Phyllis generously shared some of her work with us this Lent and we are grateful.

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Mercy – by Phyllis Cardona

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Today’s reflection is offered by guest, Phyllis Cardona.

Mercy – by Phyllis Cardona

I would like to think
that I would follow you anywhere, Lord.
That just knowing you were near
would still the storm that rages
in my mind and batters my heart,
and lead me beyond the place where
mistrust blocks access to mercy,
and forgiveness and exile go hand in hand.

I would like to think
that I could endorse your blatant
acceptance of sinners,
and join with gusto
at Zacchaeus’ ill-gotten banquet
and not stand scowling at the gate
leaving the work of forgiveness
to you alone.

Help me lay down
the stones of disappointment,
anxiety and fear
so that the mercy
of your eternal second chance
can take root deep within
and burst out
healing all that is damaged,
broken and dead.

Help me find
the jar of precious nard
buried long ago
deep within the heart
you fashioned in innocence
and nurtured in times of trial.

Give me the strength and the grace
to break the jar, and to allow
the sweet scent of forgiveness
to mingle with my hesitation –
an offering of hope and relief.

(Phyllis Cardona lives in Albany; she is a poet, writer, and retired catechist. We thank her for her contribution to the blog.)

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