Jesus, on the other hand is resolved to faithfully car- ry out his mission; the proclamation of the advent of the reign of God and of God’s lavish love and forgiveness poured out for each one of us, and for the earth itself...”for God so loved the world”. Through the suffering and death of Jesus we have been saved, forgiven, and our sins and guilt put as far from us as the East is from the West! We may wonder at times if God really loves us...and just how much. Today we are reminded how much -- as Christ spread his arms wide upon the cross, this is how much we are loved by God!
How do I live out my identity as the “beloved of God”? How can I share this message of God’s love and forgiveness with others? To whom am I being called to open wide my arms to embrace them in the midst of their need? Who are being crucified today...the millions of refugees, people, because of the color of their skin, people crucified for their im- migration status, who they love, what language they speak, what part of the world or country they were born in, their age, their gender, their intellectual or physical abilities? As I enter this Holy Week, whose burdens will I help to shoulder to the foot of cross as I journey with Jesus this week, and meditate up- on the gift of love and forgiveness which he has so lavishly poured upon me, and upon all of humanity?