Glorious Cross March 21
As we come from different cultures, we should all the more allow ourselves to be led by Jesus crucified who gave his life in sacrifice for his own (Congolese Regional Statutes, Intro. 1.10).
At times in heaven there is a very special encounter between persons who have had similar experiences. See first the pagan woman who succeeded because of a joke about dogs. And then there is the invading soldier, charged with doing executions, who drew the attention of generations because of a single sentence he spoke. Notice also the afflicted man, intruder in the territory, who finally recovered his health by a simple gesture of thanksgiving. Listen to the officer of the occupying army who changed his religious allegiance at the invitation of an angel. Look at the marginalized woman whose life was turned upside down by the simple offer of a cup of water. Finally, see the pilgrims from afar whose reputations were made by following a star. All these strangers—the Canaanite woman, the Roman centurion at the Cross, the tenth leper who was a Samaritan, the Centurion of Acts, the Samaritan woman at the well and the Magi from the East—all of them testify to the universal love of the Crucified, a love to be imitated by all who yet remain in this world.
The king is a sea in which everyone swims. (Shi)