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Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Way of the Cross

We read in the Old Testament in the book of 1 Kings chapter 6 verses 1- 37 that king Solomon’s palace was arrayed in luxury and gold: “He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there. The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.”

Take a moment and compare the verses in the New Testament about how Jesus lived. Both Gospel writers, Matthew and Luke say the same thing . . . Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20

As a child, Jesus was homeless with his family on the flight to Egypt shortly after his birth. But as an adult, Jesus was again homeless. He did not have a house or apartment of his own. Nowhere do we read, "All of us went back to Jesus’ place to rest."

Jesus knows truly what it is like to be homeless. This Easter season, can we spare a thought and a prayer for the homeless today? For those whom we know and those we don’t.

Let us always remember that these are humble souls who like Jesus, meander in poverty and will often say to their benefactors, “God bless you!” when you give them something. They call us all to humility to receive their blessing.

Even though we are still in lent, let us wander to the point of Easter and the cross of Good Friday. It is here in utter poverty, stripped of all dignity that we find victory over sin and are resurrected to new life. May the peace of His poverty be ours this Easter season.
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