Where's the Suffering?
The latest, and probably the last (and weakest-it's been a tough week), of my Lenten meditations on the Cross. Well, "meditations" sounds really organized, well-thought out and formal. I'm not that organized these days. Maybe "musing" is better. Another in my attempts to make personal sense of something and confuse everyone else-LOL!
My other posts were here, here and here
For a while now, I’ve been “bothered” by, what I call, “Risen Christ” crucifixes (see the photo). I know of some local parishes that have this crucifix in their sanctuaries. You may even have one in your home. I don’t mean to insult anyone with these Lenten meditations of mine. I know personal crucifixes are personal things. Seriously. I’ve known people who spend years looking for a home crucifix that “speaks” to them.
But, I think I finally figured out what “bugs” me about the “Risen Christ” crucifix. Where are the wounds? Where’s the suffering? Where’s the humiliation of being naked (or nearly naked)? Where’s the crown of thorns? Where’s INRI? It’s like we just skipped to “the good part” which to me is, I think, why a lot of people like this crucifix and corpus and no other. It’s the Resurrection and the Ascension without the Passion and Death. It’s Redemption without Sin.
I’ve noticed that parishes that tend to have this Crucifix, downplay Sin and Confession. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
But, does it follow that parishes that have the 'Suffering' Crucifix play down the Resurrection? I've never experienced that. It shouldn't be happening if it is.
Like I've said, crucifixes can be a matter of personal taste but I think it should be clearly emphasized in all cases what the Cross really means: suffering, sin, redemption, resurrection. All of it not just part of it.