Jesus is nailed to the cross
He has been betrayed, abandoned by his followers, condemned, mocked and tortured. Now the cross, the most hideous form of execution known to the ancient world, the ultimate deterrent reserved for rebellious slaves! The nails pierce flesh and nerve, and he is lifted up in the sight of all: Behold the Man.
Could this be how God appears in our world?
Open our hearts, Lord Jesus, to true wisdom,
the wisdom of that love revealed in you,
that alone gives life:
“ the love that bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things”—
the “love that never ends”.
In place of the misery of selfishness
free us to choose the way of an ever greater love.
We adore you, O Christ,
and we bless you,
because by your holy cross
you have redeemed the world