September 16, 2012
Without the Cross
Without the Cross man would run the risk to consider this world as the ultimate reality and could no longer see the world as God's gift.Without the Cross, the incarnate Son of God would confirm a simplistic picture of the world, as it is now, as the final reality and more specifically, He would not be God or God incarnate.The Cross completes the incoherent sense of this world, which is logical when you consider the gift has value, but only relative and not absolute value. The Cross reveals the fate of the world, as it move towards its transformation by Christ in God. For this reason, at the end of this phase of the world, “the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven” , as light, as meaning, which illuminates the whole history of man (Mt 24:30).
Fr. Demetrios Staniloae
The Victory of the Cross, p.45 (translated from Greek)