As I proclaimed today the Gospel of St John at the morning Mass which describes Jesus on the cross and his Mother and the Beloved disciple standing at the foot of the cross I remembered that scene from my home church where I grew up. Even before I was able to read I was always captivated by that scene. Every time we went to church I saw it above he altar. I guess I saw it so many times that when I went to another church some years later and saw a big crucifix there I started thinking that something was not right. Then I realized that the crucifix was alone. There was no Our Lady, no John, not Mary Magdalene. Even after so many studies I have done on the Bible I still treasure that simple lesson from my childhood that was captured by the painting from the church. There is no a lonely crucifix. When Jesus was dying his Mother and some other people were there too. Not a big crowd but a quality crowd which stood there, not out of curiosity but out of love for the Lord. It is a clear image of the Church. When our Lord was dying our Church was being born, a very small Church made of Our Lady, John, Mary of Magdala and Mary’s sister. Today we continue that vigil kept by those four people as we profess our faith in the power of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest