Glorious Cross March 3
His hands and feet horribly pierced, our Savior is nailed to the cross (Proper liturgy of the Crosiers, second Tuesday before Lent).
It was not necessary to nail Jesus to the cross, as though he had the intention to resist. No, he went to the cross voluntarily to give his life: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own” (Jn 10:18). In this matter, he was the perfect reflection of his Father, who created everything from nothing out of love, who redeemed Israel only for reasons of the heart and who sent his Son because He so loved the world. Even if Jesus hadn’t been nailed to the cross by the hammers of his executioners, he would have attached himself to it because of his radical devotion to his brothers and sisters. The nails became his welcome collaborators in the work of salvation. They became also the irons that branded the marks of his Passion on his glorious body, to remain forever a testimony to his sacrificial love. Why the need for a show of force at Calvary? The victim was a volunteer. This is the example for the disciples, who are always tempted to withdraw their hands from sacrificial commitment and flee the demands of love.
Someone who doesn’t know the turtle shoots arrows at its shell. (Minyanka)