It wasn’t nails that kept Jesus on the Cross …

A short reflection on Good Friday by Archbishop George Stack

We speak of Jesus as dying because of sin which he undertook to bear for all humanity. This explanation is true but it does not go far enough. The true cause of his death was love, which kept him nailed to the cross when he could have avoided it. And it was love that he wanted people to believe in, because that is what God is. Yes the same love which killed him also makes him live on, not least in anyone else who echoes that love in a sacrificial way.

Christ on the cross,

Not crushed by death,

But broken by his love too deep for knowing;

Christ on the cross,

Not crushed by death,

But living on in love too deep for crushing.

Christ on the cross,

Not slain for sin,

But broken by his love too great for giving;

Christ on the cross,

Not crushed by death,

But living on in love too great for slaying.

Christ on the cross,

Not killed by man,

But broken by his love too strong for holding.

Christ on the cross,

Not crushed by death,

But living on in love too strong for killing.

Clare Milward

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