We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross, you have redeemed the world (Gospel Acclamation, Exaltation of the Holy Cross).
His face, drawn and marked by pain and fatigue, his head bent forward and encircled with a crown of thorns, his eyes open, his hair disheveled, his shoulders covered with a robe and in his right hand a reed of mockery—this is the image of the Man of Sorrows. It is the image of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, who offered himself in service of the plan of God for the restoration of all humanity. Jesus is identified in the New Testament with this Servant. In contemplating his appearance, we can see to what point love can come and to what point it did go. Who can resist the appeal of such affection? Who can remain immoveable, confronted by such generosity of spirit? Seeing the divine passion, a person is moved toward the One who loves. Heart speaks to heart. This moment of movement toward God is the first moment of personal resurrection. The break with sin comes when the eyes of the Suffering Servant and the eyes of the sinner meet. Life is born in a mutual look.
The tracks of the elephant erase the tracks of the antelope. (Duala)