The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: the Crucifixion
|by Salvadore Dali|
17 After all, Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel; and not by means of wisdom of language, wise words which would make the cross of Christ pointless. 18 The message of the cross is folly for those who are on the way to ruin, but for those of us who are on the road to salvation it is the power of God. 19 As scripture says: I am going to destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of any who understand. 20 Where are the philosophers? Where are the experts? And where are the debaters of this age? Do you not see how God has shown up human wisdom as folly? 21 Since in the wisdom of God the world was unable to recognise God through wisdom, it was God’s own pleasure to save believers through the folly of the gospel. 22 While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, 23 we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is both the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Having been raised in a Christian home, I grew up seeing the cross. Seeing it so often, it was,. and sometimes still is, easy to forget how venerating the cross really does look foolish. After all, it’s an instrument of torture and death for criminals – hardly something that would normally be venerated.
Similarly, the mystery for today, the crucifixion, is hardly an event one would think of commemorating in other circumstances. But for us, it is an amazing event, with Jesus our Paschal Lamb sacrificing Himself for us. It seems counterintuitive, it is beyond full comprehension.