Our gratitude for the gift of God's love is manifest in our willingness to tread the road He chose to walk for and with us. We must not turn away from the Beloved even as He comes to walk with us, to suffer with us. To push Him away at those moments when He comes to dwell most fully with us is to wound the heart of the Beloved. To say "Yes" to the Beloved is to embrace and caress the cross as if we were embracing Him - for indeed we are! It is only then that we can truly bring Him to others.
Behold the man!
Behold the Son of God!
Behold the man abiding in mankind!
He had put on our humanity. He has put you on—and me. He had covered Himself with our shame, blindfolded His eyes with our blindness, bound Himself with our slavery to self. He is bruised by our falls. He bleeds from our wounds. He sheds our tears. He has made Himself weak with our weakness. Faint with our faintheartedness. He is going to die our death.
All people are condemned to die, but He is condemned to die not only His own death, but yours and mine, and that of every man whom He will indwell through all the ages to come.
Behold the Son of God!
"This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!"
He alone, of all men born, need not have died; but because things are as they are, because we have to pay the price of our sins, and our life on this earth must inevitably be a journey through suffering to death, Christ has chosen to give Himself to everyone who will receive Him, so that each person who wills can tread that road with the the feet of Christ, and at the end of it he can, if he wills, die not his own death but Christ’s.
That is why death is the choice of Divine Love: “Do you think I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?” (Mt 26:53–54). His bound hands hold back the legions of angels.
He has chosen our impotence in order to give us the power of His love, our weakness to give us His strength, our fear to give us His courage, our ignominy to give us His majesty, our pain to give us His peace, our wounds to give us His power to heal, our dying to give us His life; our interdependence that we may give Him to one another.”
Excerpt From: Caryll Houselander. “Way of the Cross.”