Now that we have stepped into Lent our eyes are riveted on the cross.
Some of my favourite Christmas cards are the ones where we see Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the stable with the cross looming at the back or again Mary and Jesus riding on a camel with Joseph by their side and progressing towards the cross which is in the distance.
Yes, Jesus came to die, to die on the cross of Calvary!
This was the ultimate sacrifice : He gave His life freely that we might lead an abundant life, that we might be free, that we might experience that peace which only He can give. A peace that stems from that close relationship we can knit with Him.
So Our Lord came to die for us and on that cross He paid a huge price and our debt was settled there and then, once and for all. There’s nothing we can do more than that to save ourselves, nothing we can add to that act of love.
When Jesus says: ‘All is finished ‘ He means that His mission on our behalf, the mission to die for us so that we may be reunited with God is finished, done, completed…
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
So this Lent let us try to do something pleasing to Our Lord, let us communicate with Him, meeting Him in those less privileged than us just to hear our Lord whisper in our ear:’ Thank you.’
It’s the least we can do!