In the opening meditation for the 2010 Way of the Cross at the Roman Colosseum, Camillo Cardinal Ruini reflects: ‘Jesus, the Son of God, died for you, for me, for each of us. In this way he gave us concrete proof of how great and precious we are in the eyes of God, the only eyes capable of seeing beyond all appearances and of peering into the depths of our being.

Would that we could always keep this idea as the lens we view each other with.  Throughout all of dealings with each other; the trials, the annoyances, the pain, and yes, the evil, that is passed among us; if we can only remember how precious God thinks we are.  When I look across at someone who is ‘bothering’ me I need to see the lifeless body of Christ on the Cross that hangs there for that person.  I need to see in this annoying companion God’s desire to help that person; a desire, that for Christ won the night in the Garden of Gethsemane to do the will of His Father.

This is my hope, my goal, to view those I meet with the grandeur that the cross reveals.[1] But, to do this I need to also remember that I too have this grandeur; I too am precious in God’s eyes; I too am that important.  In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 7 starts with the powerful teaching about judging others. ‘Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?[2] In light of Cardinal Ruini’s meditation we can now see yet another aspect of judging; remember the grandeur of the cross in everyone we meet by first seeing it in us.


[1] Way of the Cross opening meditation – Rome 2010 – Camillo Cardinal Ruini
[2] Matthew 7:3


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