As you know, the centennial of our parish is approaching. As part of our centennial celebrations, we will focus on those things that have marked the life of the Parish. One of them is the Crucifix that we have in our church. Many of you have prayed before it; others have professed their devotion and love for Jesus Christ crucified.
As was true in the past, we would like future generations to have the same opportunities to center their prayer and their attention on Jesus and his love for us, as that love is manifested, especially in the cross.
In speaking with many of you as we continue the initial plans to renovate the church, we have decided that the Crucifix will be placed in the center of our church, above the altar.
There are a number of reasons for this decision, which I would like to share with you:
- Currently, the Crucifix is at the side of the church, and not every one can see and appreciate it.
- The new placement of the Crucifix will enhance the appearance of the church.
- Finally, doing so will remind us that Jesus is the center of our lives.
The crucifix is a very distinguished sign of Catholic belief; it is not an empty cross. It is the cross on which Jesus our Savior shows that the word he preached is truth: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13). Jesus truly lived these words.
We should respond to that love, as the first believers did, so should we glory in the cross of the Lord: “But as for me, it is out of the question that I should boast at all, except of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal 6:14).
I hope that we continue to pray together, gathering before the Crucifix, as was done in the past, so that we can see and know the Lord’s open arms that show his great love for each of us.