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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stations of the Cross Photoessay - 11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross

This Rodin statue is in front of the Norton Simon Museum here in Pasadena California. It depicts the amazing offer of martyrdom by the burgers (councilmen) of Calais, to save the citizens from invasion and slaughter. (Pasadena, December 1997)

Countless people have been martyred for the benefit of others. The burgers of Calais show their love of others by placing the lives of their fellow citizens first. Jesus's death benefited all, regardless of who we are, what we have, who we know, or where we came from. Christ was crucified for us all. He too stood heroically in the face of death.

Many people, myself included, wear crosses around our necks. I fear that for many, the symbol has been neutered of its power. Christ's crucifixion is a powerful example of heroism and sacrifice. I pray that we remember that always.

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