Glorious Cross February 17
(The Crosier) gives prophetic witness in the midst of misery and suffering, proving his persistence in the difficulties of life (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
The Cross of Jesus was not an isolated moment of his life. He lived under its shadow during the whole of his earthly sojourn. Already in the womb of his mother, he felt the problem of being homeless. He was born in poverty. Among the gifts given him at his birth were embalming spices. He experienced the nocturnal terror of fleeing for his life. He faced the tempter. He did battle with demonic possession, sickness, death. He saw the arrest and decapitation of his messianic collaborator. He knew family rejection, unbelief of friends, political threats. He did not have a place to lay his head. He wept from disillusionment and at wakes. He was unwelcomed and fell victim to several attempts at murder. All that was prelude to his Passion in the garden, before the religious and imperial courts, on the sad way to the hill of the awful Cross. If only his suffering had lasted a moment! But the Cross is always a Way of the Cross—also for the disciple.
The persistent person always eats ripe fruit. (Kusu)