I use this crucifix for prayer. It was created by liturgical artist Grant Gilderhus, for a wall or procession cross.
I notice how Jesus’ arms are stretched out wide, wide enough to embrace me and the whole world (even a world that rejects him).
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
The crucifix is made of metal. I feel its weight, as I hold it in my hands. I think of laying on Jesus, my sins and pain, burdens and sorrows.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
I touch the wounds in Jesus’ hands and feet. I know He suffers with and for us.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole…
I experience new freedom, as Christ bears all my burdens on the cross.
and with his stripes we are healed.
May it be so this Easter!
(Scripture verses from Isaiah 53:3-6, Revised Standard Version)
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