The cross is a paradox of radiance. In Jesus, God places divinity in the midst of the worst darkness and suffering to reveal that nothing — no hell of our own or another’s creation — can ultimately block out the transfiguring light of God’s unfathomable light. The hope contained in the cross of Christ is not literally a payment for a cosmic sin that has kept humanity shackled ever since our first parent’s fall. It is rather the revelation of the extent God will go to make us understand the real nature of his love. That realization is what saves us.

New Skete Monastery
29 May 2019