On the nature of the cross, and of suffering

I decide to focus upon ‘the cross’ as my object of meditation. I have not done this before.

As I enter the meditational space within which this contemplation can take place, I realise that there is a choice to be made between the cross with Jesus upon it, and the simple cross as a symbol in its own right.

I opt for the cross alone as a symbol. That feels simpler, and easier for a first attempt.

But my being has other ideas, and as I open to God and the cross, I find myself with a close-up view of Jesus being crucified upon the cross. I find my perspective on him is swinging close to him, and around him, and near his face, in startling detail.

He turns to me and says, ‘You know, suffering is also a gift from God.’

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