O my Jesus,
You embraced me upon the cross.
For me did bear the nails, and spear;
and manifold disgrace;

I have a crucifix necklace that I purchased at a monastery in Greece and wear it every day as a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.  But I must admit, it turns into a ritual and another article of clothing that I wear at times.  Honestly I spend more time on what shirt I should wear than I spend thinking about the implication of the man upon the cross that hangs from my neck!

Often times I look upon a crucifixion and merely look through it.  Often times I gaze at a marvelous painting and admire the skill of each precise brushstroke and look through the passion of Jesus.  I do not realize that this person is fully God and fully man (the God-Man*), embracing our infirmities.  He who knew no sin became sin for us.  He who was perfect was made imperfection, humbling himself for the sake of the world.  He was nailed to a cross, naked and in complete disgrace.  What love.  What incredible love.

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*Doctrine of the simultaneous divinity and humanity of Christ can be found in greater extent here.  His nature was affirmed at the Council of Chalcedon in 451.