Thursday, September 14, 2006
Holy Cross day
It's Holy Cross day. When I was a kid at school we used to play football against another school called Holy Cross. And get beaten by scores like 11-0. It wasn't, for me, an encouraging introduction to the idea of Holy Cross... But this is a good day. It gives us space and permission to see Christ's death on the cross not only as a moment of suffering and abandonment - which it certainly is [see the barbed wire pic by Jane from mayBe] - but also as a sign that whatever is destructive and de-humanising will not have the last word. The cross is in this sense, a promise of hope. OK, this is not backed up by serious research, but I reckon that the wearing of a cross by people trying to follow in the way of Jesus Christ is, in the UK at least, not that common anymore. And that's a shame, because this symbol has great potential for good. Perhaps the cross needs to be quietly reclaimed from TopShop? Not as a statement of victory, but a sign of hope for the world. Let's wear it, tattoo it, paint it - and allow it to work away at us.