“The crucifix is not a decoration; it’s not a work of art with many precious stones like you see. The crucifix is the mystery of the ‘annihilation’ of God out of love,” the pope said March 15 in his homily during the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
Salvation “was not accomplished with the magic wand,” he said. “It was accomplished by the suffering of the son of man, by the suffering of Jesus Christ.”
Sin is the work of Satan, and Jesus defeats Satan by “making himself sin” and being raised on the cross, the pope said.
The day’s first reading, from the Book of Numbers, recounted how the ancient Israelites were being bitten by serpents in the desert and the Lord told Moses to make a serpent and put in on a pole, then anyone who looked at it after being bitten would live.
In a similar way, the pope said, looking upon Jesus on the cross shows people how they are healed from the eternally deadly effects of sin.
That “is the story of our redemption; the story of God’s love,” he said. “If we want to know the love of God, let us look to the crucifix.”
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: