The transformative power of the cross

“The cross is the standing statement of what we do to one another and to ourselves. The resurrection is the standing statement of what God does”
~ Richard Rohr

“Even if we are hostile to God, reacting destructively towards life, violently reacting to the authority images we struggle with – God’s response as revealed in Jesus is not to crush us as we might expect, but to break the cycle of estrangement and rivalry with the transforming power of love. We see on the cross, in Richard Rohr’s terms, “the naked God”. God is made small, stripped naked, arms stretched out, so that our false image of a threatening judgmental God is taken away and God’s heart of love for us is revealed. The threat is removed; we have nothing to fight against. God surrenders first so we can give up the fight too and come home. The cycle of rivalry and violence is broken through the weakness of God on the cross.”
~ Richard Rohr

Every day is resurrection day as we live to awaken each day to our true divine Self and experience the divine embrace. I like what Richard Rohr said about the transformative power of the cross. The unconditional love of God as displayed by Christ on the cross forgiving the world renders the hostility of the human ego or false identity powerless and causes us to see the true image of God – not a vindictive, authoritarian judge but a deeply loving and gracious Father who welcomes us home with open arms. I would call it the “tai chi” of the love of Christ because tai chi is a form of meditation and non-violent martial arts in which the practitioner does not retaliate when attacked. Rather, the tai chi master counters with a deep compassion and transforms the negative energy into love and healing energy.

Yea, the love of God may look weak in the eyes of a performance-oriented world system but the very weakness of God is the power of God to save and transform every being with love and grace. As Paul wrote in Corinthians, “the weakness of God is stronger than men” and “for though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God”. This power of love lives inside each of us today and is displayed whenever we awaken to our true divine identity, and extend unconditional love and acceptance to ourselves and others. As the saying goes, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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