Capsule for the Day
Have we ever wondered why God chose to be one like us, bearing pain! Wouldn't it had been better for Him to simply declare from heaven "I forgive you and that is it"? Why the trouble of going through the humiliation, the pain and excruciating passion to Calvary? Why the birth just for death?
For some, the whole Christ business is silly and shared-foolishness; and they are right in their own rite. But for those who believe, the crucifixion is wisdom. It is Christ entering into the very heart of humanity, and of the evils that befell us and conquering it from within... showing us the Way.
Thus, He took upon Himself the consequences of our sins: the pain, the shame, the dysfunction, the mess; bearing on the Cross the hostility of sin, and then overcoming sin and evil, not with hatred and bitterness, but with love - "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing".
Fr. Francis Afu