... I ... hope that the cross - a symbol so often used to oppose and oppress others, a symbol so often felt as a burden to ourselves, is a symbol which can be transformed today.
We have the opportunity now to strip away all the violence and oppression which history has loaded into the cross. We have the opportunity today to translate ‘taking up our cross’ back into its original meaning, in which Jesus proposes we walk with him a path which will lead us peaceably through our confrontations with enemies, learning to see people of other faiths not as infidels but as fellow-travellers.
In inviting us to take up our cross Jesus proposes we walk with him a path which will lead us graciously through our struggles for ourselves and alongside alongside the poorest and most reviled members of society, against the powers that be.
In inviting us to take up our cross Jesus proposes we walk with him a path which will lead us patiently through our suffering, just as his loving Father led him patiently, graciously, through his. It is a path which Jesus will walk with us, and bring us out, beyond - into life.
Jesus said, ‘Take up [your] cross and follow me’. Today I say, take off your cross - to examine it awhile.
- from my talk today, Take off your cross - to examine it awhile.